Wife stabs husband 3 times because he decided to leave abusive marriage

Although Simon Smith was in the navy, and trained to defend, but when it came to his wife Crystal, he was struggling to protect himself.

Wife stabs husband 3 times because he decided to leave abusive marriage

Although Simon Smith was in the navy, and trained to defend, but when it came to his wife Crystal, he was struggling to protect himself.

Simon Smith, 30 has always being abused by his wife Crystal throughout their six-year relationship.

Simon and Crystal Smith lived in Hampshire, England with their four-year-old daughter. But their marriage was blighted by domestic abuse – from Crystal.

When he finally found the strength to pack his bags to leave, Crystal crept upstairs with an eight-inch kitchen knife in her hand and stabbed him 3 times.

Two of the wounds were at the top of his back, but the third went through the rear of his arm and severed an artery. Blood pulsed out, staining the room.

"What have you done?" Simon cried.

Crystal replied, "I’m going to go to prison for this…"

Simon collapsed in a pool of blood while Crystal fled. As Simon called an ambulance, neighbours who had heard the commotion rushed to his aid.

Simon survived the attack but lost six pints of blood. He faced several operations and has not fully regained the feeling in his left arm.

Police arrested Crystal that night and charged her with attempted murder.

Crystal was volatile. She controlled Simon’s finances and bullied him by threatening to take their daughter away if he ever left her. Little things could trigger her temper – from losing a board game to a bad-tasting food.

They heard about the domestic abuse Simon had suffered, including an outburst where she’d swung at him with a baseball bat and left a dent in the kitchen door.

Despite all the evidence, Crystal was cleared of attempted murder but she was found guilty of wounding with intent. She was sentenced to nine years in prisonment.

Simon said in court. "I was the victim of sustained physical abuse from my wife Crystal over the six years we were together. Crystal was the only serious relationship I ever had.

"Because I had nothing to compare it to I simply accepted it as normal. This incident has had a profound impact on my life and will continue to do so over many years. I have lost feeling in my left arm and it may never return."

This case has put the spotlight on the subject of domestic violence against men. After the trial, Simon said he hopes to move on and raise his daughter.

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