C.B.S. woman guilty of violent domestic attack
Kathryn Saunders, 47, claimed the attack was self-defence
A case of domestic violence where the woman was the accused was called in provincial court in St. John's on Thursday.
Kathryn Saunders, 47, was found guilty of assaulting a former partner with a weapon and causing him bodily harm.
At the trial, the court was shown photos of a stab wound stapled shut, and of the large surgical incision needed to repair damage that the stabbing did to the stomach of Saunder's former partner.
The attack happened on Easter Sunday of this year at a home in Conception Bay South, where Saunders was under a court order to stay away from.
Saunders was also under an order to stay away from the victim, whom she had a volatile relationship with.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had been called to the house 26 times over a period of 15 months.
Ignoring the court order, Saunders — while intoxicated — went to the residence in CBS.
The former partner admitted he shoved Saunders a few times, and that during the dispute she hit her head off the stove.
Saunders grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the stomach and slashed his face.
She also threw a pot of boiling water at him, scalding his leg.
The victim called 911 and Saunders left.
Judge didn't buy it
During the trial, Saunders argued that the violent attack was in self-defence.
She claimed she had gone to the house to get her clothes, and that he had pulled her across the floor by the hair and repeatedly slammed her head into the stove.
Judge James Walsh said he didn't believe her story because she had no injuries.
Walsh added she could have left at any time, and that the stab and the hot water were not necessary to protect herself.
He found Saunders guilty of assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and breaching a court order.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16, where it's expected that facts will be read to the court and guilty pleas entered for an earlier assault on Saunders' former partner.
With files from Glenn Payette