A WOMAN who fatally stabbed her partner is not going to jail.
A judge yesterday showed leniency towards Julie Harris, convicted of the manslaughter of her long-term partner Graham Carter.
Harris, 34, of Smith House Close, Brighouse, was given a two-year suspended jail sentence when she appeared at Leeds Crown Court.
Judge Andrew Smith said he had taken into account a number of exceptional circumstances.
He told Harris: "I think it is right to be merciful for the sake of the children and because of the generosity Graham displayed towards you after you had injured him."
The judge said Harris had no previous convictions and had suffered years of abuse and violence at the hands of Mr Carter.
Harris's two-week trial was told how she had stabbed Mr Carter, who was known as Greg, during a violent row last December.
Mr Carter was taken to hospital with stab wounds but discharged. But he died three weeks later after one of the wounds became infected and he suffered a heart attack.
Harris, who had pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter, told the court she had acted in self-defence when she grabbed a large kitchen knife.
"I was scared to death" she had told the jury. "I thought I was going to die. I thought he was going to kill me".
The court was told that Mr Carter had been drinking heavily and was involved in an argument with Mrs Harris when he returned to their home.
Doctors said Mr Carter died after a stab wound to his chest became infected.
Mr Roger Thomas QC, for Harris, said she had loved Mr Carter.
She had visited his grave and during the last three weeks of his life he had wanted an end to the incident.