Fidelity at the heart of woman's stabbing

By Corey Charlton

A Napier woman has admitted stabbing her partner three times with a 15-centimetre boning knife during a domestic argument regarding each other's faithfulness.

Candice Wickliffe-Brown, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, before a High Court judge at Hastings courthouse yesterday morning.

The charge stemmed from an altercation at an Onekawa address last year in which Wickliffe-Brown punched, bottled, bit and stabbed the woman when a fight broke out.

The two were in a same-sex relationship.

They were drinking together at the Onekawa property on January 25 when the argument erupted in the evening over each other's faithfulness in their relationship.

At the back of the property the argument escalated into a fight.

Wickliffe-Brown began punching the victim, broke a beer bottle over her head and drew blood by biting her on the arm.

When the woman hit her back she released her arm.

Wickliffe-Brown then grabbed a 15-centimetre boning knife from the kitchen.

She stabbed her partner twice in the torso, causing minor wounds.

A third stab wound in the chest fractured the woman's sternum, two ribs and punctured her lung.

She initially stated "yeah, I stabbed her" before recanting her story to police the following day.

Yesterday, she was remanded on bail for sentencing next month.

Hawke's Bay Detective Glen Burrell, the officer in charge of the case, said it was a tragic domestic incident with an "extreme" level of violence.

He felt the witnesses to the incident - which included Wickliffe-Brown's 3-year-old daughter and two other adults - would have been left traumatised, as had the victim.

She had since received support which helped her "move on with her life in a positive way", Mr Burrell said.

Detective Sergeant John McCarthy, from the Napier Family Violence Team, said domestic violence involving same-sex couples was not uncommon and there were a number of local couples known to police.

If someone was aware of a violent relationship or suspected someone they knew was in a violent relationship, there were a number of agencies they could contact, including police and Women's Refuge.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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