Gran stabbed partner in chest in drug-fueled brawl after returning home from McDonald’s


A large knifed her partner in the chest and punctured his lung following a drug-fueled brawl.

Rachel Samms, 38, had been visiting McDonald’s with her boyfriend when the pair began to argue and he decided to drive them both back to his house.

When they got back to the property the conflict continued, resulting in Samms grabbing a knife and stabbing him, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

As a result of the attack he was left with a small puncture to the lung.

Samms, of Audenshaw, Manchester, later told police officers that she had no memory of the attack.

She pleaded guilty to causing unlawful wounding without intent and was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Thomas Sherrington, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court that the couple had been in an on-off relationship for some time.

On the evening of June 19 last year, they drove to Manchester city center and stopped at McDonald’s to grab some food, and Samms bought some drugs.

“The argument started in the vehicle and as a result he decided he no longer wished to go out and took them home,” he said.

“The argument continued whilst in his house and escalated.

“He described he got up to go into the kitchen and the defendant lunged at him and he then realized he had been stabbed in the chest.

“Blood was pouring out of his chest and his shirt was ripped.”

He said to her: “A knife? That’s something else”, then went into the kitchen.

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Samms followed him and said: “I am real”, and he didn’t reply, but she called him a “piece of s**t”, before mopping up the blood off the floor.

She packed up her belongings and left the house fifteen minutes later.

He said he waited to call an ambulance as he was ‘scared of what she would do’.

He added that he didn’t drink or take drugs.

In a statement, he said he didn’t think she would stab someone, adding that he thought she would kill him.

After he was taken to hospital he was treated for a ‘tiny puncture to the lung, a wound to the neck and a possible bronchial injury.

He has since made a full recovery.

Samms was arrested and interviewed, and told officers she wasn’t aware or didn’t remember stabbing him as she had been taking drugs at the time.

She was said to have six previous convictions for nine offences, including most recently an assault on an emergency worker who saw her jailed for ten weeks.

Mitigating, her barrister Mark Friend said his client was going through a ‘chaotic’ period in his life.

Reading a report from a psychiatrist, he said that it was likely her judgment was affected by her use of drugs at the time.

“This was entirely out of character,” Mr Friend said.

“There are tragic events from her past which I will not rehearse in open court.”

Speaking of her drug use, he said: “There will be bumps in the road, but this is very much a marathon – not a sprint.”

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Sentencing, Recorder Michael Blakey said: “I am giving you an opportunity, despite the fact you have committed a very serious offence.

“I am giving you the opportunity to make sure you do your very best and remain trouble free, as sure as eggs are eggs, if you do go back to drugs and alcohol, you will likely commit further offenses.”

Samms, of Hope Street, was handed 16 months imprisonment which was suspended for two years, 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, and was made the subject of an electronically monitored curfew for four months between the hours of 8pm and 7am.

As she was sentenced, she told the judge: “I’ll do alright anyway – I’ll do it.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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