A sixth-former who fatally stabbed her boyfriend in the heart hours after collecting her A-level results has been jailed for five years for his manslaughter. Skip related content
Katherine McGrath, 19, plunged a steak knife into the heart of Alyn Thomas, 22, during an argument after a night out drinking with friends.
McGrath, of Brackla, Bridgend, South Wales, was cleared of murder following a trial earlier this month but found guilty of manslaughter.
Sentencing her at Cardiff Crown Court to five years in a young offenders' institution, Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: "Only you know what actually happened in the kitchen of your home but of this I am sure: the jury did not hear the whole truth."
The judge added: "Clearly you and Alyn Thomas rowed. Whatever the trigger or the cause of that row, my view is that he was not the only one to act aggressively. I accept that you did not intend to kill or cause him really serious injury and I am prepared to accept that you were provoked in the non-legal sense."
He told McGrath that arming herself with a knife was an overreaction and said: "You took the life of a young man. You deprived his parents, his family and his friends of their part in his life and of the chance to share in his future."
Mr Thomas, of Cymmer, near Neath, died in hospital after being stabbed in the kitchen of McGrath's detached family home in the early hours of August 21 last year.
During the trial the jury heard McGrath's 999 call in which she told the operator: "He's my boyfriend and he, like, came and attacked me and I didn't know what to do." She also told the operator he pushed her to the floor and spat at her and tried to hit her.
John Charles Rees QC, defending, said McGrath produced the knife to scare off Mr Thomas when he became aggressive and she had not meant to hurt him. At the sentencing he said it was "self-defence gone too far".
During the trial, Roger Thomas QC, prosecuting, said essential parts of McGrath's explanation of self-defence were "misleading" and added: "There is no justification for taking hold of what was a weapon, a steak knife, and using it to kill Alyn Thomas."
So 5 years in a young offenders institute for stabbing someone in the heart? Whats your thoughts?