Mother who confessed 'I've stabbed somebody' is jailed

Lincoln Crown Court
Image caption Bunn was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court

A mother-of-two who rang 999 and confessed to stabbing a woman has been jailed for 12 months.

Elaine Bunn, 46, of Princes Street, Sutton Bridge, stabbed Caroline Wright three times after chasing her to a chip shop in the town.

Despite claiming to have no memory of the assault Bunn rang the police and told them: "I've stabbed somebody."

She was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday, after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Cannabis plants

Mrs Wright was left with two grazes and a 1cm puncture wound following the unprovoked attack, which took place in September 2011.

The court heard Bunn lashed out with the knife after losing her temper over a man both women had known.

Mrs Wright's daughter had earlier received a text message stating: "Your mum is dead."

Bunn was also heard shouting in the street: "I'm going to get her."

When police searched Bunn's home in Princes Street they recovered a ceremonial dagger and two knuckledusters.

'Plainly drunk'

Seven cannabis plants were also found growing in a locked room.

During interview Bunn admitted to producing a small amount of cannabis for her own use but she denied being responsible for the attack on Mrs Wright.

However, she later pleaded guilty to the charge - and to possessing an offensive weapon.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Bunn there could be no alternative to prison for stabbing another person in the street.

Judge Heath said: "What you did was out of character but it was serious because it is quite clear there was a degree of premeditation.

"You pursued Caroline Wright. You were plainly drunk and had a knife with you."

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