Wife freed from prison after stabbing husband in South Yorkshire

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A WIFE jailed for stabbing her husband after he jokingly claimed to be having an affair with another woman has been freed from jail - after judges ruled she had been ‘deliberately provoked’.

Margaret Ann McKeown, aged 54, of Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, was jailed for 18 months in February after admitting unlawfully wounding husband John.

But she was released after judges at London’s Court of Appeal ruled she should never have been sent to prison for the ‘unusual’ crime.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall said the couple had been married for more than 20 years when Mr McKeown starting ‘taunting’ his wife with claims he was having an affair.

Mrs McKeown stabbed him in April last year after losing his temper over his jibes.

The court was told the pair had been drinking and Mrs McKeown used a kitchen knife to stab him in his chest and upper arm.

In an emotional phone call to emergency services, she then confessed to the crime, and added: “He told me he was bonking someone else...I’m really sorry.”

Mr McKeown received only superficial injuries, and did not support the prosecution of his wife or the sentence.

He accepted he had ‘deliberately provoked’ her.

Lawyers argued because Mrs McKeown had no previous convictions - and even nursed her husband’s wounds - her prison term was ‘manifestly excessive’.

Appeal judges replaced the sentence with a 12-month community supervision order.

The judge ruled: “We accept that everything about the appellant’s conduct from the moment of the assault indicated remorse. She called the ambulance, administering first aid and admitting the offence.

“This was a very unusual case where the use of a knife did not necessitate an immediate custodial sentence, and she has already served the equivalent of a six-month sentence.”