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Last Updated: Monday, 12 December 2005, 13:52 GMT
Woman jailed for killing husband
A woman who murdered her husband three years after he pleaded for her to be spared prison after she stabbed him previously has been jailed for life.

Jacqueline Williamson, 46, had earlier admitted stabbing her 59-year-old husband, John, at their home in Frederick Street, South Shields.

Newcastle Crown Court heard she attacked him with a kitchen knife, killing him almost instantly.

She will serve 11 years before being considered for parole.

Threats to kill

The sentence reflects the fact Williamson has already spent a year in custody, Judge Esmond Faulks told the court.

Christopher Knox, prosecuting, said a friend had been in the house moments before the attack and said the couple were getting on well as Mr Williamson's Christmas gift to his wife, a bracelet, had just arrived in the post.

But she later told detectives he had snapped and she acted in self-defence, although the prosecution did not accept the claim.

In 2001 she received a two-year community order after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding and making threats to kill Mr Williamson.

Judge Faulks said her husband had declined to give evidence during the earlier case against her.

He said: "Indeed, he asked the judge not to send you to prison because he said he loved you and wanted to go back to live with you.

"The judge warned you that if you ever did anything like that again, a long prison sentence would follow."


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