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Carlisle woman who repeatedly stabbed female partner jailed for nine years

Jane Kirkpatrick, 29 Photo: Cumbria Police

A woman who went into her girlfriend's Carlisle home and stabbed her repeatedly has been jailed for nine years.

Jane Kirkpatrick, 29, knifed Danielle Nicholson in the legs with a knife she picked up inside the property at around 5am on October 8.

When police arrived at the house, in the city's Currock area, Miss Nicholson was found distressed and injured on a bed, "soaked in blood" and had up to seven stab wounds.

She received stitches during hospital treatment, and also had a head wound.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the exact trigger for Kirkpatrick's drunken violence was "shrouded in mystery", although it was suggested she had been angered by her then partner's alleged infidelity.

Neither Miss Nicholson nor another female who was in her house at the time co-operated with police who pieced together other evidence.

They later arrested Kirkpatrick, who was "scientifically linked" to a knife left at the victim's home. She was sentenced today, Tuesday 20 February, having admitted wounding Miss Nicholson with intent.

The court heard she had previously served a lengthy jail term for a separate wounding with intent crime.

Judge Peter Hughes QC jailed Kirkpatrick, of Shadygrove Road, Carlisle, and imposed a four-year extended licence period.

Judge Hughes told her: "This was a sustained and ferocious attack on a defenceless victim."