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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian woman cleared of stabbing ex-partner in bottom

A woman wept after a Carlisle Crown Court jury cleared her of stabbing her estranged partner in the buttock with a kitchen knife.

Related: Cumbrian gran denies stabbing husband in buttocks in christening row

The court earlier heard Gary Woodward claim that 52-year-old Caroline Hodder deliberately injured him after he refused to help her prepare food for a christening party.

The jury returned a not guilty verdict on the allegation that she had assaulted him, causing actual bodily harm.

Miss Hodder said that Mr Woodward had been drinking and accidentally backed on to the knife while she was cutting up onions.

She told the jury the wound he suffered was not as bad as he had claimed.

At the time of the incident, in March last year, she and Mr Woodward jointly owned a bungalow in Kirkby Stephen.

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