Mum accidentally stabbed by son as he knifed her ‘abusive’ partner is jailed


Tyrell, 21, stabbed 34-year old Adam Matthews 13 times about in the back, chest, arm and thigh after finding him in his mother’s bedroom

Last year Thornton and her then boyfriend were stabbed by her son Tyrell, 21, who accused him of being violent towards her

A mum-of-four scarred for life by her own son following his bungled vigilante attack on her abusive boyfriend was today jailed herself over a one-woman crime spree.

Anne-Marie Thornton, 43, was arrested after she repeatedly tried to break into her neighbours’ homes by trying the door handles of various properties.

Last year Thornton and her then-boyfriend Adam Matthews, 34, were stabbed by her son Tyrell, 21, who accused her partner of being violent towards her.

During the frenzied assault, Tyrell knifed Matthews about 13 times in the back, chest, arm and thigh after finding him in his mother’s bedroom.

He also accidentally slashed his mother across the face as she tried to stop him before running off.







Tyrell also accidentally slashed his mother across the face as she tried to stop him before running off
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Matthews was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and had to undergo emergency surgery for a collapsed lung.

Tyrell was jailed for five years last December.

Thornton herself was then charged following an investigation into a spate of “sneak-in” thefts in the Chadderton area of ​​Oldham, Greater Manchester.

One householder was watching TV at midnight when she came face-to-face Thornton trying to sneak in through a sliding patio door.

Others had children at home when Thornton tried to get inside by testing if the doors were unlocked.

One victim lost a handbag. Two of the raids occurred within 45 minutes each other and were committed whilst Thornton was on bail.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Thornton, of Chadderton, near Oldham, wept as she was jailed for 15 months after she admitted six charges, including two charges of burglary and four of attempted burglary.







Tyrell was jailed for five years last December
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The court heard Thornton had two minor offenses on her record from the mid 1990s but nothing since
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She claimed she had carried out the offenses to feed a drug habit she developed whilst in a relationship with Matthews.

She had been in custody for the previous five weeks at Styal women’s prison in Cheshire.

The court heard the raids occurred between November last year and March this year after the stabbing took place the previous April.

David Lees prosecuting said Thornton would try the door handles of houses in her neighborhood and was often confronted by the occupiers who then played back CCTV of her fleeing the scene.

One victim said she was left “scared” by the attempt to break into her home.

Another heard the front door open and saw Thornton’s feet in the lobby area before she pushed the door shut.







Thornton herself was charged following an investigation into a spate of “sneak-in” thefts in the Chadderton area of ​​Oldham
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A third victim heard her front door being opened and saw Thornton standing in the doorway. The offenses occurred whilst Thornton was high on drugs.

The court heard Thornton had two minor offenses on her record from the mid 1990s but nothing since.

In mitigation defense counsel Alison Heyworth said: “This was a case of someone trying door handles and on two occasions the door to the house was opened and on one of these occasions something was taken from the porch.

It was unsophisticated in the extreme and borne out of desperation and there is remorse expressed.

“She is now engaging with abuse and drug services to free herself from the addiction of which she had fallen foul.







The court heard the raids occurred between November last year and March this year after the stabbing took place the previous April
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This woman was involved with a partner who carried out violence against her. Her son de ella carried out violence against him and then her de ella and he is serving a prison sentence.

“Against that background her then partner a Class A drug user actively encouraged Miss Thornton to engage which she did due to the emotional state she was in. Her fall from grace has been nothing short of catastrophic.

“It’s had a devastating effect on her her and her family. Her fervent hope is once she has rid herself of her addiction to drugs she can be a more active parent to her children. She has a supportive new partner now who is not a drug user.She wants to rid herself of drugs.”

Sentencing Thornton, Judge Mark Savill told her: “You became involved in Class A drugs and entered into an unpleasant and abusive relationship and there was this spectacular fall from grace.

“The chaos present in your life culminated in your own son being sent to prison for assault on you and your previous partner. You also had difficulties managing your own children and all this seems to have burst through the dam.

“But this was an intrusion, interference and trespass upon the sanctity of people’s homes and in all of these cases they were affected by that. You were chancing your arm whilst under the influence of drugs. People should be allowed to live in their homes without fear of people like you trying their luck and trying to get inside.

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