Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stabbed Mum's Sentence Anger

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stabbed Mum's Sentence Anger

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Byline: By Jane Picken

A knifeman stabbed mum Jane Donaghy in front of her five screaming children.

Today Jane told how she feared she would die as her terrified children watched.

Her attacker James Wynne, 37, was today starting a three year jail term after launching the grudge attack because he complained Jane and her children were too rowdy.

Jane was with her children, Kaylea, 13, Shannon, nine, Connor, eight, Rhianne, six, and Caitlin, four, at a family party when the attack happened.

She was in the garden of a house in Hebburn, South Tyneside, when Wynne came in carrying a knife behind his back.

As Jane tried to fight off Wynne she was slashed in the arm and stabbed twice in the leg.

During the attack Wynne also stabbed Jane's brother-in-law John Wilkinson three times in the back as he tried to save the mum from further harm.

Today Jane said: "I could have died in front of my children and it's a disgrace all he has got is three years.

"My children were screaming and there was so much blood everywhere.

"It was like something out of a horror film.

"We used to consider James one of the family at one point. I even let him hold my children when they were little and they would call him Uncle Jim, but he just turned against us."

Wynne claimed Jane and her family were too rowdy when visiting family next door to him in Windermere Crescent, Hebburn.

On July 18 last year, Jane's family members had put on a massive party for Rhianne and Caitlin, who had birthdays just days apart, and around 25 of their friends.

The children had been enjoying horse and carriage rides in Windermere Crescent, where Jane's mother-in-law Rosemary lives.

Wynne, who lived with his wife and two children, had even allowed Jane to put a bouncy castle up in his front garden.

Full-time mum Jane, from Hedgeley Road, Hebburn, said: "Jimmy had been hanging around and he was full of drink. …

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