An ex-army sergeant who stabbed a former friend in the stomach because she claimed he had raped her has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of attempted murder.
Elaine Pledge (55), alleged that Stephen Watt attacked her at his house when she was drunk, and when she saw him in a working men's club nearly five years later she stabbed him in anger as he stood at the bar.
Pledge was about to leave the army after 18 years of "exemplary service" as a clerk at the time of the attack, Winchester Crown Court in England was told.
Mr Watt (52) denied the attack but said the pair had a sexual relationship "now and then" after becoming friends, but it had been ended by him.
In a victim-impact statement, he said he was "absolutely disgusted" that Pledge, who is known as Jackie, had made such an allegation.
The pair had not seen each other for several years when Mr Watt went to the Netheravon Working Men's Club in Netheravon, Wiltshire, on May 11 this year, and Pledge, who had been drinking double vodkas, came towards him.
Without saying a word she plunged the five-inch filleting knife she had just grabbed from the club's kitchen through his stomach, nicking his liver.
Mr Watt was airlifted to hospital and made a full physical recovery.
Mr Watt told the jury that he had no idea why Pledge had stabbed him but said her husband had an affair with his ex-wife about eight years previously and there was some animosity between the men.
When accused of raping her in 2008, a visibly shocked Mr Watt denied the claim in the witness box. In a victim-impact statement, he said: "I am absolutely disgusted that Jackie was able to accuse me of such a horrendous crime as rape during the trial."
Pledge, from Pigott Close, Netheravon, was found guilty unanimously by the jury.
Imposing the jail term, Judge Gary Burrell said the attack had been "completely and utterly out of character".