Northamptonshire man who stabbed woman in neck with scissors given seven-year jail term

Crown Court GV
Crown Court GV

A man who stabbed a woman in the neck with a pair of scissors, narrowly missing her jugular vein, has been given a seven-year jail sentence.

Shane Berry, aged 32, of Kettering, was with a woman at her home address on August 11 this year when he started threatening her.

Northampton Crown Court heard Berry punched her in the head and stabbed her in the neck with what police believe was a pair of scissors.

Police officers and an ambulance were called to the address and a pair of bloodstained scissors were found as well as a kitchen knife.

The woman was treated at hospital for her injuries, including a cut on her neck that just missed the jugular vein.

Berry was arrested shortly afterwards and he later pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent.

The court heard that, since the attack, the victim had been suffering panic attacks.

Recorder Tim Spencer QC, sentencing, said it was very fortunate that the consequences of the attack had not been more serious.

He said: “It was a matter of luck that you missed the main blood vessels in the neck and the victim did not suffer more serious injury.”