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Jonathan Baines death: Pamela McLaggan jailed for killing 'man she loved'

Pamela McLaggan Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Pamela McLaggan admitted killing the "man she loved" but said she did not intend to seriously harm him

A woman who "killed the man she loved" with a single stab wound to the chest has been jailed for seven years.

Pamela McLaggan, 51, picked up a steak knife in a "swift and spontaneous" reaction to something said by her boyfriend of eight years while they were drunk.

Jonathan Baines, 44, also known as "Willy", was found dead at a house on Ropery Road, Gainsborough, on 1 August.

McLaggan, of Greystones Road in the town, admitted manslaughter.

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Image caption Jonathan Baines was found stabbed at a house on Ropery Road in Gainsborough

Prosecutors accepted McLaggan did not intend to kill or seriously harm Mr Baines but had acted "recklessly" after a day spent drinking together on a pub excursion to Market Rasen races.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the couple had returned separately to Mr Baines' home within minutes of each other.

McLaggan arrived first by foot after misplacing her keys and was then seen to swear and slam the front door in the face of Mr Baines when he was given a lift home shortly after, the court was told.

James House, prosecuting, said: "It is clear that an argument continued in the house because within five minutes of going inside, Mr Baines had been fatally stabbed."

Image caption Police started a murder inquiry after Jonathan Baines was found dead at a house on Ropery Road, Gainsborough

The court heard McLaggan immediately rang her son and was attempting CPR when he arrived at the scene.

Judge Michael Heath told McLaggan "you killed the man you loved".

McLaggan, who has previous convictions for assault dating back nearly 15 years, at first claimed to have found Mr Baines but later admitted causing the injury.

The couple enjoyed a "good relationship" but could argue when in drink, the court heard.

Shaun Smith QC, mitigating, told the court McLaggan had endured a "miserable life" with parents who drank and had been subjected to violence at school and at the hands of a former partner.

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