Sheffield woman with dementia prepares to be sentenced for killing husband

A Sheffield woman with dementia is preparing to be sentenced for stabbing her husband to death.

By Claire Lewis
Wednesday, 22 May, 2019, 08:10

Marjorie Grayson, aged 83, is to be sentenced for manslaughter on Friday after she stabbed her 85-year-old husband, Alan, in their home in Orgreave Lane, Handsworth, last September.

A woman is to be sentenced over the death of her husband

She admitted the offence during a hearing in March and the case was adjourned for psychiatric reports to be carried out.

The court heard that Mrs Grayson admitted the charge on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Mr Justice Nicklin, who is presiding over the case, has said that he is considering alternatives to prison for the city pensioner.

Mrs Grayson has been remanded in custody since her arrest on the day of the incident.

The stabbing was one of nine fatal knife attacks in South Yorkshire last year, of which seven have been solved.

Jarvin Blake, 22, was stabbed in an attack in Brackley Street, Burngreave, last March.

Lewis Barker, 27, of North Hill Road, Southey Green, pleaded guilty to murder and Caine Gray, 27, of Treetown Crescent, Treeton, Rotherham, was found guilty after a trial.

Sheffield men Josiah Foster, 26, of Wordsworth Crescent, Parson Cross and Devon Walker, 25, of Ellesmere Road North, Burngreave, were both found guilty of manslaughter.

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Jarvin, a dad-of-three from Gleadless, was killed ‘as a result of a build-up of violence’ associated with the ‘dealing of drugs’.

Ryan Jowle, 19, was killed in an attack in Tannery Close, Woodhouse, in a row over drug territory on May 22.

Frank Mvila Kiongaze, 23, of Morland Road, Gleadless, was jailed for 12 years and seven months after admitting manslaughter.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for two years and eight months over another fatal stabbing in Sheffield two days later.

He admitted manslaughter after 15-year-old Sam Baker was stabbed to death in Lowedges Road, Lowedges, when the two boys clashed.

Sam had been carrying the knife which was used to kill him.

Lee Fueloep, 40, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars for the murder of Sheffield massage parlour boss Jill Hibberd, 73, who was stabbed 70 times in her home Roy Kilner Way, Wombwell, Barnsley, during a burglary on May 30.

Michael Goddard, 51, of Steven Close, Chapeltown, Sheffield, was jailed for a minimum of 24 years after being convicted of murdering his 59-year-old neighbour Glenn Boardman in an attack last June.

And killer Danny Trotter, 24 of no fixed abode, was locked up for a minimum of 22 years after being found guilty of murdering Gavin Singleton, 31, in an attack in Hillsborough last September.

Detectives have yet to charge anyone over the murders of Kavan Brissett and Fahim Hersi, who were both stabbed last year.

Kavan, 21, was attacked in an alleyway off Langsett Walk, Upperthorpe, on Tuesday, August 14 and Fahim, 22, was killed in an attack outside Cineworld on the Valley Centertainment complex, Attercliffe, on Friday, September 21.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.