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Women gets suspended jail term for stabbing her ex-partner

BY Mick BROWNE

A woman who stabbed her “abusive” ex-partner received a suspended jail term at a Belfast court.

Rosaleen O'Toole (47), of Alexandra Avenue in north Belfast, had originally been charged with the attempted murder of her ex, Declan Croy, after a dispute at their shared home on June 24 three years ago, when their “abusive relationship” was said to have “come to a head”.

Judge Corinne Philpott told Belfast Crown Court that while it was clear Ms O'Toole had “suffered considerable violence at the hands of the injured party” she had committed an “extremely serious offence”.

Ms O'Toole pleaded guilty to wounding her partner at a hearing last year.

However, Judge Philpott acknowledged there were a number of mitigating factors in the case, namely the injured party had made a complete recovery but also refused to co-operate with police or give evidence against the defendant.

The judge added that while Ms O'Toole had suffered from an alcohol problem, she had taken advantage of courses offered to help her rehabilitation.

Sentencing Ms O'Toole to three years in custody,|suspended for two years, she issued her a stern warning, urging her to “keep on this right track”.

She added: “Do not come back before this court and that will be an end to it.

“But if you are involved in any type of assault or disorder for which you receive a sentence this three years will be put into effect consecutively.”

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