Jailed knife attacker in tears as she tries on ring

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A WOMAN who almost killed her partner when she stabbed him in the back wept in her holding cell as she tried on the diamond engagement ring he had proposed with.

Gregory Todd, 48, spent three months in hospital and had five operations after being stabbed up to the hilt with a 12in knife by Tiffany Baillie, 32.

But he amazingly forgave her and even turned up to a court hearing last Thursday prepared to pop the question should she be set free.

His plans were scuppered however when sentence was adjourned but Baillie accepted his proposal in a phone call at the weekend.

Unfortunately, her delight at receiving the white gold and diamond ring was short-lived as it was taken from her by her barrister Paul Genney and she was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Mr Todd said after the case: “Her barrister took her the ring down this morning and it fit her perfectly. He said she loved it and was crying tears of joy. She couldn’t keep it though so he had to bring it back to me.”

The court heard previously that divorced father-of-two Mr Todd needed surgery to repair internal organs damaged after being stabbed with the kitchen knife while he was asleep at their flat in Hessle on December 4 last year.

He said he had been planning to propose on Baillie’s birthday on December 29, but she had become depressed with the approach to the anniversary of the death of her baby son, who was only a few weeks old. The stabbing happened after the pair had been drinking.

The Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear said the usual starting point for such an offence is nine years but he said that Gregory’s “remarkable” recovery and a letter detailing his plans to marry his attacker brought the sentence down.

Mother-of-one Baillie, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent at a previous hearing, wept uncontrollably in the dock while the details of her crime were read to the court.