22-year-old man stabbed in family argument

Defence lawyer Sylvia Crombie told Northam Magistrates Court on Monday the accused acted in self defence.
Defence lawyer Sylvia Crombie told Northam Magistrates Court on Monday the accused acted in self defence.

A 22-year-old Northam woman has been sentenced to 50-hours community work after she stabbed her ex-partner leaving him with an eight-centimetre laceration in his lower abdomen. 

At 8.45pm on October 8, 2017 an argument broke out among members of a family on Turner Street in Northam.

The victim, also 22-years-old, was attacked when he walked towards the woman who had concealed the weapon in her pants.

The woman had been in a six-year de-facto relationship with the victim and the pair have two children together.

The victim was hospitalised over the incident and received eight stitches to the wound.

Defence lawyer Sylvia Crombie told Northam Magistrates Court on Monday the accused acted in self defence.

“She thought he was going to do something to her,” Ms Crombie said.

“She has been injured in previous altercations between the two of them.”

Ms Crombie said the pair currently have no contact and the accused does not wish to have future contact with the victim. 

“The victim says he didn’t see the incident as major,” she said.

“In fact he wanted to reconnect.”

Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins said it was reckless to involve a knife in the argument.

The woman was sentenced to a seven-month intensive supervision order and 50-hours community service.