Drunk mum who stabbed boyfriend to death jailed for 18 years

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Olivia Labinjo Halcrow was jailed for killing boyfriend Gary Cunningham in Birmingham
Olivia Labinjo Halcrow was jailed over the death of companion Gary Cunningham (Picture: SWNS)

A drunk mom who stabbed her boyfriend to death and stated she had no recollection of the violent episode has been jailed for 18 years.

Olivia Labinjo Halcrow, 26, stabbed her companion Gary Cunningham 12 instances and left him to bleed to death on February 23.

The physique of the 29-year-old was found by a supply driver on a prime ground hall of a block of flats – exterior Labinjo Halcrow’s residence – in Harborne, Birmingham.

Emergency companies attended and regardless of finest makes an attempt to save him, he was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Officers discovered Labinjo Halcrow in one of many flats with a blood-stained kitchen knife within the sink however advised police she had no reminiscence of the assault.

She was arrested on suspicion of homicide and a autopsy examination revealed Mr Cunningham died because of a stab wound to his left leg.

Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow. A Birmingham woman has today (20 August) been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her partner in a knife-attack at a block of flats. See SWNS story SWMDmurder. On Saturday 23 February earlier this year, a delivery driver discovered the body of Gary Cunningham lying in a top floor corridor of a shared property on Frensham Way in Harborne. Police and ambulance were called and, despite the best attempts to save him, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Officers conducted checks in the block and found 26-year-old Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow in one of the flats. She told officers about the abusive relationship she was in with 29-year-old Mr Cunningham, which had allegedly resulted in many physical fights. A blood stained knife was found in her kitchen sink and a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Cunningham died as a result of a stab wound to his left leg.
Labinjo Halcrow was jailed for 18 years over the assault (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PICTURE - The Gary Cunningham murder scene in Frensham Way, Harborne, Birmingham. 23/02/2019. A Birmingham woman has today (20 August) been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her partner in a knife-attack at a block of flats. See SWNS story SWMDmurder. On Saturday 23 February earlier this year, a delivery driver discovered the body of Gary Cunningham lying in a top floor corridor of a shared property on Frensham Way in Harborne. Police and ambulance were called and, despite the best attempts to save him, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Officers conducted checks in the block and found 26-year-old Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow in one of the flats. She told officers about the abusive relationship she was in with 29-year-old Mr Cunningham, which had allegedly resulted in many physical fights. A blood stained knife was found in her kitchen sink and a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Cunningham died as a result of a stab wound to his left leg.
Mr Cunningham’s physique was discovered by a supply driver (Picture: SWNS)

Labinjo Halcrow had beforehand been acquitted of homicide however was discovered responsible of manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished duty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Kate Bex QC, prosecuting, stated there was proof that each had been on drink and medicines earlier than the killing and the defendant had been three-and-a-half instances over the alcohol restrict for driving when the sufferer died.

Text messages between the pair steered there had been a historical past of bodily violence between them, heard the court docket.

While passing sentence, Judge Simon Drew QC, stated Labinjo Halcrow’s duty over the assault was ‘somewhere between medium and high’ and accepted that maybe she didn’t know Mr Cunningham was bleeding to death exterior her flat.

The choose added: ‘However, not solely did he undergo a number of accidents however he additionally sustained 12 separate wounds.

‘The indisputable fact that a few of them have been comparatively superficial means that the assault went on for a while, thereby prolonging the struggling.

‘Furthermore the fatal blow did not cause instant death.’

Gary Cunningham. A Birmingham woman has today (20 August) been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her partner in a knife-attack at a block of flats. See SWNS story SWMDmurder. On Saturday 23 February earlier this year, a delivery driver discovered the body of Gary Cunningham lying in a top floor corridor of a shared property on Frensham Way in Harborne. Police and ambulance were called and, despite the best attempts to save him, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Officers conducted checks in the block and found 26-year-old Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow in one of the flats. She told officers about the abusive relationship she was in with 29-year-old Mr Cunningham, which had allegedly resulted in many physical fights. A blood stained knife was found in her kitchen sink and a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Cunningham died as a result of a stab wound to his left leg.
Mr Cunningham was pronounced lifeless on the scene (Picture: SWNS)

The court docket heard that Labinjo Halcrow had been Mr Cunningham’s on-and-off girlfriend and had a younger son from a earlier relationship.

Ali Bajwa QC, defending, stated Labinjo Halcrow suffered from a depressive sickness and Mr Cunningham had been controlling and manipulative.

In passing sentence Judge Simon Drew QC advised Labinjo Halcrow: ‘I settle for that your relationship with him was a risky one, punctuated by episodes of violence.

‘However, I don’t settle for that was just one manner.

‘It also became clear to me as the trial progressed that you are someone who can be bullying, manipulative, prone to exaggeration and if necessary lies, in order to get your own way.’

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