Woman given 8 years for killing Swansea man

Katie Jenkins pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Richard Craddock

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Swansea woman gets 8 years for killing grandad

A young woman who says she fatally stabbed a grandfather with a knife concealed in her bra amid fears she would be sexually assaulted has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Katie Jenkins pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Katie Ann Jenkins, 24, thrust a 10cm blade into the neck of Richard Craddock last year after the 51-year-old agreed to give the former call centre worker a lift.

Jenkins had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court charged with Mr Craddock's murder. However, the jury was discharged after the count was dropped and replaced with manslaughter.

Richard Craddock died after being stabbed in the neck. Credit: South Wales Police

Defending QC Elwen Evans said her client pleaded guilty on the basis she had not meant to kill Mr Craddock or cause him serious harm.

A jury also had heard Jenkins told a friend she stabbed Mr Craddock after he "threatened to rape" her.

The defendant sobbed in the dock as Judge Keith Thomas made his sentencing remarks - amid tense and emotional scenes inside court one.

Jenkins family members were kept apart from Mr Craddock's relatives - who described the father of three as a gentle giant that would go out of his way to help people.

Woman pleads guilty to killing Swansea man

Katie Jenkins entered a guilty plea to manslaughter at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday and will be sentenced next week.

Richard Craddock died after being stabbed in the neck. Credit: South Wales Police

51-year-old Richard Craddock from the Sandfields area of the city was found in a road in Gowerton in the early hours of a Saturday morning in May 2013. He had a single stab wound to his neck.

Katie Jenkins who was 23 at the time, and from Waunarlwydd, near Swansea, was charged in connection with his death.

Richard Craddock died on Sterry Road in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

After very careful consideration, we concluded that a guilty plea to the offence of manslaughter did justice to the circumstances of the case. Katie Jenkins has now entered a guilty plea to this offence and will be sentenced next week. We have kept the family of Richard Craddock informed at all stages of the process and have met with them to explain these latest developments. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

– Kathryn Jones, Crown Prosecution Service

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