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Woman jailed for knife attack in Faversham

A woman who stabbed her victim twice and subsequently denied him hospital treatment has been jailed for six years.

Olive Ripley, 61, of Lion Field, Faversham, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 9 February after pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm with intent and theft.

Seriously injured

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched an investigation after a man in his 70’s was found seriously injured at 7.42am in the grounds of Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital on Saturday 11 November.

Following an argument in the early hours of that morning Ripley reached for a kitchen knife at the victim’s home in Norton, Faversham. She then stabbed him in the back and again in the chest causing severe blood loss.

During this altercation a neighbour became concerned and came to help. Ripley stated she would take the victim to hospital. Instead she drove around the local area with him in the back of her car.

She then returned to the property and at this point the neighbour was able to take the victim to be treated. 

Burn clothing

When she was alone Ripley started a fire and attempted to burn bedding from the scene. She then drove to Ruins Barn Road, Sittingbourne and lit another small fire where it is believed she was trying to burn the clothing she had been wearing at the time of the attack.

Officers arrested Ripley at 11.15am on the same day.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:  ‘During this investigation it was clear Olive Ripley and the victim shared a volatile relationship and had done for many years. This escalated and it was simply good fortune that the injuries to the victim were not fatal.

‘If anyone finds themselves in such an unpredictable relationship I want to remind them that there is help available for victims of domestic abuse. I would urge any who feels they are being abused not to suffer in silence and report it.’

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