Prostitute jailed after stabbing

A prostitute who stabbed another working girl in the chest has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Nadine Symonds, 25, pulled out a knife and shouted "I am going to kill you" to Kelly Bramwell, Luton Crown Court heard.

The victim suffered a punctured lung and had to have her chest drained. She spent a week in hospital, said Natalie Carter prosecuting.

Symonds, a mother-of-two, from Bingen Road, Hitchin, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent on September 27 last year.

Mrs Carter said both women worked as prostitutes in Luton and had known each other for about four years.

In the early hours of the morning the victim was at a friend's house when Symonds was let in. She confronted Miss Bramwell telling her to leave and produced the knife.

When Miss Bramwell got to a nearby road junction she was aware that Symonds was running towards her. She dropped the bag she was carrying and realised she had been stabbed to the right side.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she was found to have a 4cm stab wound.

Symonds was arrested and gave no comment interviews.

Defence barrister Stephen Akinsanya said last Thursday that Symonds showed "genuine and obvious remorse".

He said he hoped that she could remain drug and alcohol free, having made progress in jail since being remanded in custody. Art work carried out by Symonds while inside had been commissioned for display, he said.

Judge Richard Foster told Symonds she had launched "a life threatening attack. This could have been a murder case. It is tragic for everyone concerned."

He told her that the 71 days she had already spent in custody would count towards her sentence and that she can expect to be released half way through the three-and-a-half year sentence.

The judge said: "On your release do not relapse into drug or substance misuse.

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