Suspended sentence for man who stabbed his wife

20/04/2017 14:23:32

A MAN who stabbed his wife while suffering with depression has been given a suspended sentence.

Paul Simmons, 84, of Kimberley Road, Cambridge pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (April 19) and was handed a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Simmons was also made subject of a mental health treatment order.

The court heard how Simmons, who was on medication for depression, was at home asleep with his wife Margaret, 80, on October 11 last year when he woke up at about 4am saying 'there are dangerous people everywhere'.

He went off to the bathroom and came back with a pair of pinking shears which he used to poke himself in the cheek before poking his wife in the jawline and then more forcefully in the neck.

Mrs Simmons, who was bleeding heavily, initially hid in the bathroom before attempting to call an ambulance. The phone was unplugged so she went to her neighbour for assistance.

Simmons followed his wife with a large kitchen knife and was arrested.

The ambulance and police were called and Mrs Simmons was treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for the 3cm wound to her neck. She made a full recovery.

Detective Inspector Alan Page from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "This was a very sad case. Mr Simmons is a man of impeccable character who was clearly unwell at the time of this offence. I welcome the sentence as it will ensure Mr Simmons continues to get the help he needs."

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