Jealous mum stabbed ex-boyfriend’s new lover with kitchen knife in car park


A mum has been jailed after stabbing the father of her child’s new girlfriend with a kitchen knife.

Imogen Hughes, 20, attacked Liberty Hanley, 19, hours after pulling out her hair in the early hours of October 6 last year.

The young woman, from Tan y Dre, was out drinking at ATIK nightclub in Wrexham, North Wales when she spotted Miss Hanley with her former partner CJ Jones, Mold Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor David Mainstone said: ‘She was intimidating her and later attacked her by grabbing and pulling out her hair during which the club door staff intervened before escorting her away from the club.’

After being thrown out of ATIK, Hughes went home and collected a kitchen knife.

She then found the couple sitting in Mr Jones’ car in St Giles car park and slashed a tyre before grabbing the victim and stabbing her thigh just above the knee.

The knife went through her leg with such force, it came out the other side.

Mr Jones held Hughes back until police arrived and medics escorted Miss Hanley to hospital, where she received five stitches.

On the way to the police station, Hughes is said to have told officers: ‘I will f***ing kill her.’

The attack had a ‘profound effect’ on Miss Hanley who is now worried for her personal safety and conscious of the scar left by the violent incident.

Defending barrister Duncan Bold called for a suspended prison sentence in court, noting that Hughes cares for her son by herself.

He described her as ‘polite and quiet with a bright future’, saying she had been in contact with mental health services for help with ADHD and bipolar.

The attack was her first time in trouble with police and was ‘out of character’, the barrister added.

Hughes was sentenced to 10 months in prison after admitting to causing actual bodily harm and having a kitchen knife in a public place.

Judge Rhys Rowlands admitted it would have been ‘much longer’ if she was not the mother of a three-year-old son.

He said Miss Hanley did not have not a serious wound, but it ‘could easily have been so much worse’.

The judge told Hughes: ‘You were persistent, your behaviour was unpleasant and it was intimidating. That should have been the end of it, an unpleasant and drunken incident, but of course, sadly it wasn’t.

‘Instead of going home and sobering up, you fetched a kitchen knife having armed yourself and went back out.’