OAP jailed for attempting to murder partner

A PENSIONER has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of attempting to murder her partner.

Christine Coton, 62, of Ashburnham Road, Hastings, was arrested late on the evening of Sunday, June 26, 2011 after police and paramedics attended the address.

They were faced with a blood-stained man and woman at the address.

They found a 48-year-old man with multiple stab wounds and a number of other superficial cuts.

He was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings with life-threatening injuries and had to undergo two operations to stabilise his condition.

After a six-day trial at Hove Crown Court, the jury returned a guilty verdict on Monday June 18.

Coton was remanded in custody until she was sentenced last Friday at Hove Crown Court.

Detective constable Paula Melville said: “Domestic violence at any level is a crime that is always taken very seriously by Sussex Police and this result shows that courts are also prepared to take very firm action.

“The victim in this case is still struggling to come to terms with what happened to him but is pleased with the verdict and I hope that this will help him.

“I would urge anyone who is suffering domestic abuse to contact us.

“There are many services that can offer support and our aim is to prevent such incidents as much as it is to seek justice for those who have suffered.”

To report domestic violence call Sussex Police on 101