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Netheravon woman gets ten years for attempted murder
A WOMAN has been jailed for ten years for attempted murder after stabbing a man with a knife at Netheravon Working Men’s Club.
A jury sitting at Winchester Crown Court found former army sergeant Elaine Irene Pledge, 55, guilty of attempted murder on Friday following a five-day trial.
Pledge, who had drunk more than eight double vodkas, stabbed Stephen Watt in the abdomen with a filleting knife from the club’s kitchen in front of scores of people on May 11.
Mr Watt was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery after the knife partially cut his liver.
Pledge, of Pigott Close, Netheravon, claimed in court that Mr Watt, who she had previously been out with, had raped her in 2008.
The court heard she accepted causing serious injuries but had no memory of the incident as she was in an “altered state”.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, said: “This was planned from the moment she saw Stephen Watt in the club.
“She knew what she had done; she knew what she wanted the result to be.”
He added that her actions were “specific, deliberate, thought through and executed”. “It was more by good luck than by good judgement that the injuries were not immediately life threatening or indeed fatal,” said Mr Meeke.
Pledge, known as Jackie, was recorded as saying “I hope he’s dead” numerous times while in police custody after her arrest.
Michael Butt, defending, said his client was regarded well in the army with an “unblemished” record.
She had also received a long service and good conduct medal following 18 years service, which included tours in Bosnia, the Falkland’s and Iraq. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after one hour and 50 minutes of deliberations.
DC Mark Lewis, from Wiltshire Police, said: "'Wiltshire Police remain determined to take a strong stance against violent crime, especially crimes involving the use of knives. The sentence which has been passed today accurately reflects the seriousness and circumstances of the offence.
"We hope that this will bring closure for the victim, who was required to attend court to give evidence and recall the events of that terrible incident."
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