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Woman jailed for stabbing partner

A WOMAN who brutally stabbed her partner up to six times denied it was over the woman he cheated on her with.

Patricia Helen Coleman was with her "on and off" de facto partner of about 13 years after a wake in Rockhampton, when the woman he fathered a child with while dating Coleman arrived.

But Coleman said the pair began fighting when she wanted to leave and he didn't.

She pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in Rockhampton District Court last month over the January 2010 incident which almost killed her partner.

The man received a punctured lung and collapsed oesophagus after Coleman stabbed him repeatedly with a kitchen knife.

The barrister representing Coleman, Jeff Clarke, said she did not remember the incident because she had consumed 12 cans of a vodka premix before it occurred.

Mr Clarke said Coleman's partner had attacked her with a broom handle and punched her in the eye before she stabbed him.

He said she was suffering from depression at the time and her relationship with her partner was "destructive".

Mr Clarke said Coleman was awarded a certificate for being a young Australian achiever in 2004.

Coleman was heavily involved with indigenous community organisations and was a board member for an indigenous health organisation.

The court heard she had recently finished a poster encouraging foster carers for the Department of Community Safety and had almost completed a degree in visual arts at Deakin University.

Mr Clarke tendered several letters from community members he said attested to Coleman's "strength of character, remorse and work ethics".

While sentencing her, Judge Nicholas Samios said it was clear she had a "very favourable background" and was "well thought of in the community".

Coleman was sentenced to one year in jail.
 


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