Glasgow & West Scotland

John Jeffs jailed for stabbing wife Rosalind in the back

A man who stabbed his wife in the back and said she would "need a coroner" next time has been jailed for six years.

John Jeffs, 47, admitted assaulting his wife Rosalind to the danger of her life at their home in Glasgow's Easterhouse area on 6 October last year.

The victim suffered a collapsed lung and permanent scarring.

Jeffs was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown accepted a reduced plea.

Jailing him at the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge Bill Dunlop QC told Jeffs: "What you did was quite appalling.

'Shocked and disgusted'

"Because of the gravity of what you did I am anxious to protect the public from serious harm from you on your release, and, in particular your wife."

Judge Dunlop also ordered Jeffs to be monitored in the community for four years after his release from prison.

Prior to sentencing, defence counsel Ann Ogg said Jeffs had no memory of the incident and was "shocked and disgusted" when told what he had done.

She said he and his wife remained in contact, adding: "There have been telephone calls between them while he has been in prison."

The court previously heard that Jeffs and his wife were in a relationship for 20 years and married for nine of those years.

In the months leading up to the attack, their relationship had broken down and Mrs Jeffs had been sleeping on the sofa.

Part row

A row developed after she returned home at 07:00 after spending the night at a friend's house following a 40th birthday party.

Jeffs was very angry and demanded to know where she had been and then followed her into the bathroom with a knife.

As she leaned over the sink to wash her face he stabbed her in the right shoulder and attempted to stab her again during a struggle.

Jeffs then made a 999 call and told the operator he had stabbed his wife in the back.

He was detained by police and later told officers: "She's lucky that's all she got."

He then added: "That was just a warning next time she will need a coroner. I'm surprised I'm not detained for murder."

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