Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Who Tried To Stop Her Packing Too Many Holiday Clothes
Published in Jun 2019 / Updated in Sep 2021
A woman stabbed her boyfriend after he tried to stop her from packing too many clothes for a holiday.
Lesley Bradbury, 50, flew into a ‘pathological rage’ when she found that her boyfriend, Gary Moore, unloaded some of the items she had packed in a car for a holiday trip.
When the police arrived at the couple’s home, they found Moore bleeding from his bicep. Bradbury was shouting, “he deserved it.”
Minshull Street Crown Court heard how the former invoice clerk, Bradbury has a mental disorder that causes her to hoard goods and protect them in a “pathological way.”
Moore refused to give a statement to the police, though it’s believed that the two are still together.
The case had also been delayed due to concerns about Bradbury continuing her relationship with Moore.
Bradbury was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. After she pleaded guilty, the prosecutor accepted her guilty plea to unlawful wounding.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Bradbury, currently living in Stoke-on-Trent, was given 12 months behind bars and suspended for 18 months.
She also has to complete 30 days of rehabilitation.
The incident took place at 10.30 pm on December 29 last year. The two were packing for a holiday trip over the New Year.
Prosecutor Jonathan Turner said:
“Police attended the home Bradbury shared with her partner. He was outside, he had a two-inch stab wound to his left bicep.”
“The defendant had stabbed him with a knife after he moved some of her belongings out of the car they were packing for a holiday. She said to the police he deserved it and she wanted to kill herself.”
“Inside the house, he had thrown some of her possessions, and she had stabbed him in order to stop him. There is no complaint from the complainant – he is hopeful for renewal in the relationship.”
In mitigation, defense lawyer Richard English said:
“It is a case where if the defendant was well, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Upon sentencing, Judge Paul Lawton told Bradbury:
“It has been difficult to get to the bottom of why you did this.”
“You do have a psychological disorder that causes you to hoard goods. And you need to protect those pathologically, so you lashed out at him with a knife.”
“But that doesn’t reduce your culpability. The knife could have gone into the chest, and it could have been a different scenario. Your conduct has to be marked with a prison sentence, but it won’t be an immediate custodial sentence.”