Chesterfield woman who stabbed partner in the neck walks free from court

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A woman who stabbed her partner in the neck has walked free from court.

Terri-Anne Booker, 29, was today cleared by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.

Ms Booker – who denied the charges – told the court she did not intend to stab 32-year-old Damien Ridsdale and that she had acted in self-defence.

The court heard last week how Ms Booker attacked Mr Ridsdale after she found messages from his ex-partner on his mobile phone.

Jurors were told the pair had been out with friends on the night of Sunday, April 5, and returned to their home in Devon Drive, Brimington.

Mr Ridsdale fell asleep on the sofa and was awoken in the early hours of the following morning by Ms Booker.

She told the court: “I looked through his phone and saw he’d been messaging her (his ex-partner).

“There was a message that said ‘sorry I forgot to text you yesterday, are you OK?’

“They’d obviously been speaking to each other and that upset me because he told me he didn’t have contact with her.

“I threw the phone on the sofa, told him I knew he’d been lying to me and said I wanted him out – I didn’t punch him, I didn’t grab him.

“He stood up and punched me in the side of my face.

“I went into the kitchen – I wanted to get the lead on my dog, get my coat, get some other things and go to my mum’s – and he followed me.

“I tried to get past him and he grabbed me by the throat.

“At some point I must have reached out to grab the cutlery drawer and it fell out on to the floor.

“I don’t remember picking up a knife but I did.

“He said ‘go on then, f***ing stick it in me’.

“I just wanted to get away from him but he wasn’t letting me get out.

“We ended up on the floor and I noticed he was bleeding and I panicked.”

Booker said she then ran to her mum’s house.

She added: “I never had any intention of using it (the knife) – I just thought it would scare him.

“I believe he knew I didn’t have any intention of using it as well or he would have legged it.”

Jurors heard how Mr Ridsdale had previously strangled Ms Booker until she became unconscious.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Knight told the court last week that Ms Booker’s “jealousy flared” after reading the messages and she “flipped”.

Giving evidence, 32-year-old Mr Ridsdale told the court: “We ended up in the kitchen.

“She was throwing punches at me so I slapped her.

“She got into a squatting position then jumped straight back up and pulled at the knife drawer.

“The drawer came all the way out and she had a knife in her hand.

“I panicked so I slapped her again.

“She came closer to me, got hold of me with her other hand and we both fell to the floor.

“All of a sudden I felt a thud in the side of my neck and I saw blood pumping into the kitchen floor.”

Mr Ridsdale – who has two children with his previous partner – was treated at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for the 2.5cm stab wound, which narrowly missed his windpipe.

He told the court he still suffers pain when he yawns and sneezes.