Our thanks to Joe for this. Extracts:
A ‘wicked’ woman who tried to poison [J4MB: kill] her diabetic partner as he lay in bed by pumping insulin into his body with a remote device has been spared jail…
Prosecutor Cathlyn Orchard said the victim, a type one diabetic, called 999 at 2.20am on Sunday, August 13, 2017 and told police the defendant had deliberately tried to give him an overdose of insulin.
Miss Orchard said: ‘He said they had an argument and he had gone to bed. She was on her fourth bottle of wine when he went upstairs. [J4MB emphasis]…
Hopkin denied the allegations and said her partner must have done it himself.
But the defendant, of Westwood Road, Meir, went on to plead guilty to administering a poison or noxious substance with intent on the day of her trial last month.
Her plea was on a basis the relationship was strained and they had been arguing about money and family issues…
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Hopkin to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
He told Hopkin: ‘What you did was wicked. You were well aware of his condition as you had been together for a long time. It is fortunate he was awake and realised what had happened and was able to disconnect the device and call for assistance.
‘You took no steps at all to undo what you had done.
‘When you were interviewed by the police you lied again and again and again. You continued to lie until the day of your trial.
‘Taking 24.5 units could have had a catastrophic effect on his health. It could have led to hypoglycemia, a coma and seizures. [J4MB: And death.]
‘Importantly, he does not want you to go to jail. Courts are not bound to follow the wishes of victims but it is right to take account of his view. [J4MB emphasis: … when it helps avoid punishing a woman for trying to kill a man.]
‘You cannot blame or justify your actions on the quite obscene amount of alcohol you drank that night. [J4MB: Being drunk is a mitigating circumstance for women, an aggravating circumstance for men.]
‘I accept this was out of character when in an emotional state.’
As part of the suspended sentence, Hopkin must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days and 120 hours unpaid work.
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