Woman dreamt she'd been shot, told her boyfriend and then stabbed him

Sonia Munro
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A woman stabbed her boyfriend after becoming "annoyed" by a dream in which she had been shot.

Sonia Munro knifed her partner in the chest during a drunken argument, then claimed that he had told her to do so. He was fortunately only left with "superficial" injuries following the attack.

Liverpool Crown Court heard yesterday afternoon, Friday, that the 45-year-old and her boyfriend Carl Nuttall had been drinking at his flat on Kings Road in St Helens on the evening of March 21 this year. He described Munro as having been "acting strangely" on the evening in question and "talking about a dream she had that a man they both knew had shot her".

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Derek Jones, prosecuting, described how she "became more and more annoyed about this", although he told her "not to worry". However, they continued to argue until she stabbed 44-year-old Mr Nuttall in the chest.

The couple's upstairs neighbour Deborah Hayes recalled visiting their address after hearing shouting and finding him bleeding on the sofa and a "distressed" Munro with a knife in her hand. The defendant called the police herself after this and stated that her partner had "told her to stab him".

When officers attended the apartment, Mr Nuttall initially denied that he had any injuries but subsequently lifted his t-shirt to reveal a wound to his chest. However, he did not require hospital treatment and was only said to have needed a plaster fitting to the "superficial" injury.

Munro, who lived in a flat opposite her boyfriend's, remained silent under interview. She has 10 previous convictions for 11 offences, including possession of an offensive weapon in a public place in 2008 and possession of a bladed article in a public place in 2015, although none since 2018.

Matthew O'Neill, defending, told the court: "She is somebody who has misused alcohol for a long period of time. By her own admission, she accepts that this offence was committed on impulse when in quite a substantial amount of drink.

"Both herself and her partner had been drinking excessively into the early hours of the morning. If she is offered the ability to address that issue, the court can be confident that it will not see her again moving forward.

"She has spent the best part of two-and-a-half months in custody, which has been something of a watershed moment. I understand that it is her first time in custody, and it has allowed her plenty of time to realise that alcohol is the trigger for her acting in the way she has. "

Munro admitted wounded without intent. Appearing via video link to HMP Styal, she was jailed for 10 months and handed a three-year restraining order.

Sentencing, Judge Brian Cummings KC said: "There is, I am afraid, a history of breaching court orders. It is fair to say that you have not been before the courts since 2018.

"I appreciate that you have alcohol problems. There is a flavour of domestic violence, which is an aggravating factor.

"Whatever may have gone on in your past, I am not writing you off at this stage in your life. There is some personal mitigation."

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