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Bride jailed for knifing husband.

Byline: Liz Keen

A NEW bride who stabbed her husband wept today as she was jailed for eight months.

Natalie Butler, 20, the mother of a two-year-old child, had injured her husband Shaun with a carving knife taken from a block they had as a wedding present.

She denied wounding, saying she had acted in self-defence but had been found guilty by a jury.

Today at Cardiff Crown Court, where she returned on bail to be sentenced, Recorder David Owen-Jones said he had taken into account all the circumstances but he told sobbing Butler, of High Street, Gilfach Goch: ``You deliberately went downstairs to collect that knife.''

Mr Butler, a 22-year-old delivery driver, of Lanelay Park, Talbot Green, was stabbed in his right leg then his right arm.

The second injury was said to have caused some disability in his hand as a result of tendons being damaged.

The Recorder told the young bride, who had been married for 10 weeks at the time of the attack: ``I take into account your good character, your age and the fact that you are of no risk to the public, but this offence was so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.''

Defence barrister Peter Davies had argued that a community-based penalty would allow Butler to continue caring for her small daughter and let her start rebuilding her life.

He said: ``She and Shaun, although married only a short time, had been together for three years. She feels very deep regret at her actions that night and the consequences to her marriage which is now at an end. The care and welfare of their daughter is now the dominant factor in her life.''

Butler attacked her husband after a night out when she had been drinking and they rowed.

Mr Davies said: ``She made one single, bad mistake.''
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 10, 2003
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