Wiltshire

Louise Cox guilty of partner's murder in Trowbridge flat

Murder victim Ian Graham
Image caption Ian Graham died from stab wounds on 20 November

A woman who stabbed her partner during a late-night drinking session has been found guilty of murder.

Louise Cox, 45, of Newtown, Trowbridge, admitted stabbing Ian Graham, 51, at his flat in Beaufort Mansions, Stallard Street, Trowbridge, in November.

She had denied the charge on the grounds of self-defence, but the jury at Bristol Crown Court returned a unanimous verdict.

Judge Neil Ford QC is due to sentence Cox later.

He told the jury the court had been "impressed by their patience and close attention" during the trial as the case had "not been easy on a legal or emotional basis".

Image caption Cox fled after stabbing Mr Graham and was arrested at Trowbridge station

Penetrated lung

Mr Graham was stabbed with a kitchen knife on 20 November and sustained a 12cm (5in) deep wound that penetrated his lung.

An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

After stabbing her partner, Cox fled the scene and was arrested by officers at Trowbridge train station.

"By pleading not guilty to the charge of murder, Cox has refused to take any responsibility of her actions," said Det Ch Insp Ian Saunders from Wiltshire Police.

"[She] has forced Mr Graham's family to endure a trial. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sympathies to his family and friends.

"I would also like to praise the rapid response of Wiltshire Police officers who were on the scene within minutes of the 999 call and had arrested Cox shortly after."

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