Domestic abuse survivor pulled knife out of own leg in attack by 'irrationally jealous' boyfriend

Steven Kennedy was jailed at Teesside Crown Court
Steven Kennedy was jailed at Teesside Crown Court -Credit:Durham Police

A violent controlling boyfriend stabbed his partner, leaving her to pull the broken knife out of her own leg.

Steven Kennedy, 40, followed his then girlfriend into her bedroom on October 5 last year, after the couple had had an argument in the kitchen. He repeatedly punched her in the head, and continued attacking her as she lay on the floor.

It wasn't until the woman managed to get out of the room and run downstairs to leave her home, that she realised a broken knife was sticking out of her leg. She pulled the knife out and ran to a neighbour's for help.

On Friday, Teesside Crown Court heard that the woman hadn't realised that Kennedy had stabbed her until she got downstairs. Timothy Jacobs, prosecuting, said that ringbell door footage showed her turning up at her neighbour's front door, "distressed and quietly asking for help."

The court heard that the couple had got together shortly before Kennedy was recalled to prison in 2022. The relationship continued when he was released, but Mr Jacobs said that he frequently accused her of having affairs and even made her take lie detector tests.

"He demanded to see her social media to the extent that she stopped using it. It wasn't worth the bother. If she wanted to contact someone, she had to use his phone.

"She could only use her mobile to check her emails" Mr Jacobs told the court. In a statement, the survivor said that Kennedy had had a "devastating affect on my life" and that she felt she had failed her child by bringing Kennedy into their family.

The woman said that she "will never be able to wear a dress again" as her leg has been left "in a mess." She suffers from ongoing spasms in her leg, from suspected nerve damage.

Kennedy, of Brackenfield Road in Durham, pleaded guilty to wounding and assault. He has two previous convictions for domestic violence.

In mitigation, Rob Mochrie said that Kennedy "witnessed this type of behaviour as a child growing up. It's no excuse, of course, but perhaps those experiences laid the foundations for his later life. He says he is sorry, for what he has done."

Kennedy listened via video link from Durham prison as Judge Howard Crowson told him: "You've been irrationally jealous and believed, without foundation, that she was unfaithful. You now admit that during the relationship, you controlled her."

"This is the third time you have been before the court for domestic violence. As I hear your apology from Mr Mochrie, it's difficult to believe that's true remorse."

Kennedy was jailed for five-years. He was made the subject of a ten-year restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting his victim.

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