OAP stabbed ill husband
A FRAIL pensioner stabbed her Alzheimer's-suffering husband 17 times because she could not cope with the strain of caring for him, a court heard yesterday.
Florence Thomson (79) "flipped" and repeatedly plunged a carving knife into the chest of Keith Thomson, her husband of 40 years.
After leaving him lying in a pool of blood on their bedroom floor, the pensioner, who attended court in a walking frame, then turned the knife on herself.
Yesterday at Lincoln Crown Court, the "devoted" pensioner admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. She was sentenced to a two-year community order with supervision by probation officers.
Judge Michael Heath also imposed an indefinite restraining order, which means she can only visit her husband (79) under supervision at a care home where he now lives.
The judge told the court: "This is a highly unusual and extremely sad case. They had been happily married for 40 years and were devoted to each other. There are very exceptional cases where justice should be tempered with mercy. This is one of them."
Earlier, prosecutor Gordon Aspden told the court that Mrs Thomson "had for some time been finding things very difficult in coping with her husband's dementia and caring for him.
"The cumulative effect appears to have caused this elderly lady to snap and to harm both herself and her husband."
Her daughter, Sheena Pentney (60), raised the alarm after she went to her mother's new home, which they moved into a few days before, at 8am on November 11 last year.
She reported witnessing her mother walk out of the kitchen holding a carving knife, looking "totally deranged".
When armed police attended the house, she repeatedly ignored requests to drop her knife and was tasered twice.
Her husband, a retired electronics worker, was taken to hospital suffering 10 stab wounds to his chest.
Mrs Thomson, who was treated for cuts, told police at the hospital: "I love my husband . . . I just flipped my lid.
"You always hurt the one you love and I hurt my husband. It was because of the stress. The pressure of moving house got to me. Please, please, I'm sorry for what I've done."
Mrs Thomson had already spent five months in custody on remand. (© Daily Telegraph, London)