Wife stabs husband in the chest after row

A wife stabbed her husband in the chest after they had an argument.

Natalie Worgan plunged the knife into Russell Worgan's chest at their Birkenhead home in May this year.

She walked free from court after a judge heard how there was a history of Mr Worgan domestically abusing his wife.

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Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said an ambulance was called at 8pm on May 4 to the report of a stabbing.

She said Worgan, 35, and her husband had been drinking alcohol when the argument took place.

Mr Worgan thought his wife had punched him in the chest, but he looked down and witnessed her pulling a knife out.

Ms Badrawy said he suffered a stab wound to the left of his chest, but added there was neither medical evidence nor a victim personal statement.

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After the ambulance service informed police Worgan was taken to custody while highly intoxicated and distraught.

Ms Badawry said Worgan told police her husband beat her and added he has a conviction for battery and breaches of a domestic violence protection order.

Natalie Worgan leaving Liverpool Crown Court.

Ms Badawry confirmed Worgan herself has a previous conviction for battery against her husband.

Ian Whitehurst, defending, said Worgan had pleaded guilty to the offence and said she was remorseful.

Mr Whitehurst said she was "upset about the fact her children are presently in care" and said she was "hysterical".

He said she has served over a month in custody and has "complex mental health needs involving an anxiety disorder".

Mr Whitehurst said Worgan was assaulted when she was burgled and has also suffered domestic violence at the hands of her husband.

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He added she is now on medication to reduce her desire for alcohol and is "slowly but surely trying to get herself back together".

Judge Anil Murray noted Worgan had said she wanted to "restart that relationship" in a probation report, to which Mr Whitehurst said she "knows the combination of alcohol and that relationship isn't good for her, or her husband, or society generally".

Worgan, of Harrowby Road, Tranmere, admitted one count of unlawful wounding.

The judge said he didn't know the exact nature of the injury but said it was agreed it was a stab wound.

The judge noted Worgan was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband and said it was a "significant mitigating feature".

Judge Murray said: "This is a term which is capable of being suspended."

The judge said there was a "strong realistic prospect of rehabilitation given the progress made since the incident".

Judge Murray said: "I am just about able to suspend the sentence in this case but this looks like it's going to be the last chance for you."

Worgan was handed 14 months suspended for two years and must complete 40 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.

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