Mum ‘upset’ about Queen’s death stabbed husband twice after monarch’s funeral

A mother says she stabbed her husband twice with kitchen knives on the evening of the Queen's funeral because she was "upset" by the passing of the long-serving monarch.

Geraldine Parkin, 53, had spent the day of the Queen's funeral on September 19, 2022, drinking with her husband Alfred, when an argument broke out.

Ms Parkin began to hit her husband before making a beeline to the kitchen, grabbed two knives and stabbed her husband once in the shoulder and once in the bicep before her son pulled her away.

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Appearing at Manchester Crown Court on Monday (February 27), the court heard how the former teaching assistant who has no previous convictions was "not making sense" during the argument.

The court heard Ms Parkin had "issues" with alcohol and her mental health, as reported by Manchester Evening News.

Prosecuting, Aubrey Sampson said she had been "intoxicated" during the incident, and had begun to "lash out" at Mr Parkin after he grabbed her wrist when she returned from the kitchen with the knives. He said Mr Parkin didn't know why Ms Parkin had stabbed him.

Ms Parkin was later found by police in a field near her address on Northland Road, Manchester, with blood on her jacket and fingertips. She was arrested, and later charged with grievous bodily harm.

Defending, Sara Haque said the attack was "impulsive" and "spontaneous" but told the court that Ms Parkin claimed she had suffered a history of "significant" domestic abuse by her husband.

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She also said Ms Parkin struggled with a number of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder.

"The defendant is now 54 years old, and is making an appearance in crown court being convicted for the first time, in circumstances that have effectively torn her family apart," Miss Haque said.

She told the court that Ms Parkin was 'remorseful' but that there had been a "degree of provocation" from Mr Parkin.

The judge agreed and handed Ms Parkin a 12 month suspended sentence, as well as ordering her to attend alcohol treatment and rehabilitation requirements.

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