Mum GUILTY of murdering her boyfriend with a steak knife after retrial
5th March 2021

A MUM has been found guilty of murdering her boyfriend with a steak knife after a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal.

Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering her partner today.

In March 2016, Magson knifed her 26-year-old boyfriend James Knight in the heart and waited 45 minutes to dial 999.

Magson denied murdering Knight at her first trial, claiming it was self-defence.

In November 2016 Magson was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court.

A jury at Leicester Crown Court heard that Magson and Knight had a "volatile" relationship and had been in a drunken row in the run-up to the fatal attack.

Magson was described as "cold, brutal and manipulative" and was accused of "sacrificing" Knight by delaying calling emergency services for around 30 minutes.

Sentencing her, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: "You have demonstrated no real remorse for what you did – on the contrary, you have effectively blamed James Knight for what you did."

However, the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial in a judgment handed down in January last year.

Her barrister Clare Wade QC said at that hearing that Magson's diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder "provides an explanation for her conduct and was a significant contributory factor".

She said it was arguably "more likely than not that, at the time of the offence, (Magson) was suffering from diminished responsibility".

In a written statement prepared for her trial, Magson – who did not give evidence before the jury – said Mr Knight grabbed her around the throat, adding that she "reached out to grab something" from the kitchen sink and picked up a steak knife.

She said: "I hit out once. It happened so quickly, I cannot be sure how it happened. I didn't want to harm him."

She stood trial at Birmingham Crown Court, where a jury again found her guilty of Knight's murder, returning a majority verdict today.

Magson stood with her hands clasped together, covering the lower part of her face as the 10-2 majority verdict was returned.

After the verdict, she swayed momentarily before sitting back down with her shoulders slumped forward, but continued to listen to the judge's comments thanking the jury for its consideration of the case.

Adjourning sentence, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told Magson: "You have been convicted of the offence of murder.

"The sentencing exercise is going to be on the 29th of March.

"In the meantime, you will be remanded in custody."

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