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Woman from Gloucester who stabbed partner and called 999 found guilty of manslaughter

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A woman from Gloucester who stabbed her partner and called 999 blaming someone else has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Police say they were called to a flat in Columbia Close on April 15th.

They found 25-year-old Jack Delany with a single stab wound to his chest.

He was treated at the scene then taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol but died the following morning.

Dee Lawrence, 32, was arrested and three days later was charged with murder, which she denied.

A trial at Bristol Crown Court, which began in early October, proved inconclusive and a re-trial was set for March 25th this year.

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

During both trials Lawrence admitted that she had stabbed Jack, using an unknown implement, because he was threatening her with a knife following an argument about sex.

She said that she cleaned that implement and did not know what she had done with it.

The implement has not been found and the prosecution maintained that the knife she claimed Jack was carrying was the one she used to stab him.

She told the court that she had been in shock at the time and that it had been Jack's idea to blame someone else.

At the end of the three week trial the jury of five men and seven woman found Lawrence not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

Senior investigating officer DI Gemma Davies said:

"It is now almost 12 months since Jack died, and this has been a difficult time for everyone involved, not least his family and friends.

"I welcome the jury's verdict and hope that Jack's loved ones can now find closure and move on with their lives.

"This has been a long process and I am grateful to every member of my team whose diligence and determination has enabled us to reach this point."