Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Stabbed My Lover to Protect Myself

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Stabbed My Lover to Protect Myself

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Byline: By Sophie Doughty

A barmaid walked free from court after a jury heard how she knifed her former lover in the back in self-defence.

Kerry Richardson was cleared of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court.

Today Kerry told how her life was on hold for eight months and how she plans to marry her new fiancA.

Devoted Kerry and Gareth Edmundson were preparing to tie the knot in prison before a jury found Kerry not guilty.

The bride-to-be's nightmare came to an end when she walked free from court and into the arms of her smiling fiancA.

Twenty-two-year-old Kerry said the months since she was accused of attacking Lee Brown with a carving knife had been the worst of her life

But she is now looking forward to rebuilding her life and planning her wedding.

Kerry's ordeal began last September when she split with 34-year-old Mr Brown.

Mr Brown arrived unexpectedly at her home in Howdon Road, North Shields, at 4am one morning, and when Kerry began to fear that her ex would hurt her she reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed him, puncturing his lung.

She was arrested that night and later charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

But Kerry maintained from day one that she was innocent and had acted in self-defence.

"My life has just stood still since that night, and I haven't been able to think of anything else," she said.

"I was so worried I was going to go to prison and I had no idea how long I would get."

The barmaid quickly became the subject of gossip and speculation and chose to hide out at home for most of the months that followed.

"This has changed the way people see me," she said.

"I have applied for jobs, but no-one is interested when you have got a court case hanging over you. And people that don't know me were either scared to be around me or cracking jokes.

"I felt like a victim but I was treated like a criminal. It was horrible that everyone thought I could do something like that. …

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