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Jail for woman who killed husband
Sylvia and Keith Davis
The court heard Sylvia and Keith Davis had a volatile relationship
A 67-year-old woman who stabbed her husband to death with a bread knife at their home in East Sussex has been jailed for three years.

Sylvia Davis, of Ranelagh Court, Beatty Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Keith Davis in July.

The body of Mr Davis, 52, was found in the couple's flat last September. He had died from a single stab wound.

Davis was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday and told she would serve a minimum term of 18 months.

The court heard the couple had only been married for two years, and had a volatile relationship.

She just didn't mean this to happen at all, it was a tragic accident that wasn't supposed to happen
Teresa Davise, daughter

It was told they had spent five hours during the afternoon of 9 September 2005 drinking vodka and whisky in a bar and restaurant near their Eastbourne home, while looking after Davis' three-year-old grandson.

On returning home they had an argument, and after the boy had been collected by his mother, Davis stabbed her husband, puncturing his lung. Mr Davis died later in hospital.

Speaking after she was sentenced, Insp Owen Poplett, of Sussex Police, said alcohol had played a part in the outcome of the couple's argument.

"I think the penalty of three years fairly reflects the use of the knife. As soon as anyone picks up a weapon... tragic consequences can only follow when people are so drunk."

Davis' daughter from her previous marriage, Teresa Davise, described her as a wonderful person, who loved her family dearly.

"She just didn't mean this to happen at all, it was a tragic accident that wasn't supposed to happen," she said.

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