A woman has been jailed for life after being found guilty of stabbing her partner with a steak knife before delaying calling for medical help.
Emma-Jayne Magson, 23, “sacrificed” her 26-year-old partner James Knight after she plunged the blade into his heart, waiting 45 minutes to dial 999.
Judge Nicolas Dean QC handed her a life sentence today with a minimum of 17 years. She was convicted on Friday.
He said: “This was an act in impulse and anger. Her behaviour is not at all easy to understand.”
A three-week trial heard the couple – who were in a “volatile” relationship – had been involved in a drunken row in the run-up to the fatal attack at Magson’s house in Leicester on March 27 this year.
It ended with Magson stabbing dad-of-two Knight on her doorstep.
The court had heard she told friends he had collapsed, even telling a 999 call operator:
“No, that’s fine, don’t worry about it” when warned an ambulance might be delayed.
Magson then watched her boyfriend bleed to death, telling friends he was on drugs and had been in a fight with bouncers – even stopping one witness from turning him over to reveal the fatal stab wound.
A harrowing 999 call recorded Knight’s final breaths as a neighbour said: “He has a hole in his heart.”
Magson denied murder, claiming she had acted in self-defence.
But it took a jury of six men and six women seven hours and three minutes to unanimously find her guilty after a 12 day trial at Leicester crown court.
The murderer, who wore a khaki jacket and black jeans in court, remained emotionless as the guilty verdict was read out.
The court previously heard the couple had started arguing in the taxi home after a night out.
The pair were kicked out of the cab when Magson started kicking Mr Knight in the chest.
The victim’s brother, Kevin, was one of the witnesses who tried to help James but had not realised he had been stabbed.
Prosecutor Michael Evans QC told the jury how Magson stabbed Mr Knight’s heart in “anger”.
He said: “She admits she stabbed him.
“We say, she’d opened the door to him armed with a kitchen knife and stabbed him through the chest, and after she’d done that she literally sacrificed him.”
After the case, Detective Inspector Shaun Orton, from Leicestershire Police, said:
“Right from the start, Magson lied about this incident.
“Knowing what she had done she insisted to those around her, including the victim’s brother, that he was just under the influence of drugs and alcohol and asked for assistance in moving him into the apparent safety of her address.
“It was some time later that she called an ambulance, and even then, she failed to disclose to them that he had sustained a stab wound.
“At one point she even told the call handler ‘not to worry’ about there being a delay in getting an ambulance to him, despite knowing she had stabbed him and he was dying in front of her.”
After she was found guilty, there were cheers from the public gallery, while some burst into tears.
Detective Insp Orton said: “It has been incredibly difficult for James’ family to sit through the trial and hear how she lied, was deceitful and sat back and watched him die.
“If she had picked up the phone to the ambulance service earlier and been truthful about his injuries he may have still been here today.
“This case is yet another example of the tragic consequences of using a knife on another person.
“Not only has a life been lost, but a family have been left devastated and now face the rest of their lives without their loved one.”
Judge Nicholas Dean told the jury:
“I first of all thank you for your patience in what you must have found a distressing case.
“It’s an important civil duty and it’s very clear you have taken it very seriously.”
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