Knife-wielding Exeter actor stabbed man over neighbour feud

Megan Tarrant was convicted of violence in Exeter
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An Exeter woman who stabbed a neighbour told police she had 'wanted to kill' for a while. Megan Tarrant attacked the man when he came to speak to her about her aggressive behaviour to his partner, a court heard.

But Megan, who has appeared in several independent films as an actor, claimed not to know who he was and stabbed his hand and leg. She told him: "If you come back here I'm going to stab you in the neck."

She was arrested and was originally due to stand trial accused of attempted murder. The Crown accepted her plea to wounding with intent and she was sentenced on Monday to three years and one month in jail.

The incident, which happened in Stoke Hill in September 2022, has taken so long to be resolved that Tarrant was told she would walk free due to the time she had already served in custody since her arrest.

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Dan Pawson Pounds, prosecuting, said Tarrant had been 'having difficulties' with a female neighbour. Her boyfriend asked to come to see Tarrant to discuss her 'aggressive behaviour'. When he arrived Tarrant was armed with a knife and stabbed him in the hand.

The pair struggled and he suffered cuts trying to prevent more injury, said the prosecutor. "As he started to move off he was stabbed in the leg," said the prosecutor. Tarrant then issued a threat for more violence if he came back. Her blood-stained skirt was later found in the laundry basket.

The victim said he suffers flashbacks to what happened. He sustained three lacerations to his hand and wounds to his leg but was not seriously injured.

Tarrant, the court heard, has a background of mental health issues and is on the autism spectrum. She has been assessed by psychiatrists and has a personality disorder that makes her suspicious of others.

But she was able to give clear and rational answers to police about what happened. They included saying she had 'wanted to kill them for a while'.

Judge James Adkin said there was a degree of planning to violence and elements of revenge. She had also tried to cover her tracks.

Tarrant also admitted possessing an offensive weapon. She was a person of previous good character and entitled to credit for her guilty plea. She is now presenting as a more stable character and on the right medication.

Judge Adkin said he would have considered imposing a tougher extended sentence if he had more power to do so. "I do harbour concerns about your personality disorder and confrontational situations," he said.

Tarrant was given a restraining order not to contact her former neighbour.