Woman pleads guilty to Groby attempted murder

Issued on 12/2/18 at 2:53 p.m.

A 54-year-old woman who stabbed a man in Leicester has pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday).

Teresa Lavin committed the offence at a property in Poplars Close, Groby on 30 November last year.

While inside, Lavin produced a large kitchen knife and stabbed a man in the head, face and body.

He sustained multiple injuries, including a puncture wound above his heart and required more than 120 stitches as a result of the attack. The man was able to call his friend and told her that he had been stabbed by Lavin.

When Lavin was found by police at her address in Poplars Close, she was wearing blood-stained clothing and in possession of a blood-stained knife.

Detective Constable Kevin Sharkey, the investigating officer, said: “This was a vicious and sustained attack on an elderly man, who was known to Lavin. It has come as a shock to members of the community in what is a peaceful village.

“The victim had pre-existing health conditions and due to the size of the knife, sustained significant injuries as a result. He is still suffering from flashbacks as a result of the attack and is fearful of being outside.

“He has been left incredibly shaken by the events and is being supported by agencies and members of the community.

“Thanks to the quick actions of officers, Lavin was arrested before anyone else was harmed. However we would stress that this was an isolated and unprovoked incident and there is no threat to the wider community.”

Lavin, of HMP Peterborough, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 12 March.

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