A CRAZED daughter plunged a seven inch kitchen knife into her mum’s chest – then screamed that she should have pushed it “further”.
Raging teen Paige Gaffney, 18, launched the sickening attack on her mum because she was resentful that she had four more children by four different men.
The violent youngster was blasted by a judge who told her she was “lucky” she wasn’t “facing a murder charge” – but managed to escape a jail term.
She pled guilty to wounding and was handed a suspended 18 month sentence with 200 hours of unpaid work.
Gaffney was just 16 years and five months old when the stabbing took place at the family home, in Scunthorpe, Lincs, on October 11, 2017.
The mum and daughter got into a furious row because Gaffney was playing with razor blades in her room as her mum cooked dinner.
The teen yanked her mum’s hair before stabbing her through the chest from behind in the horror attack.
One of her sons came running in screaming and gave a towel to his injured mother.
The mum then went back down to the kitchen and sat on the kitchen floor and made a number of phone calls to a friend before passing out.
You are very lucky, as is your mother, that more serious harm was not caused. You could have killed her then you would have been facing a murder charge.
Judge Mark Bury
Prosecutor Craig Lowe told Grimsby Crown Court that Gaffney offered no help whatsoever and instead kicked her bleeding mother twice in the head, wiped the knife clean and tossed it out of a bathroom window.
Mr Lowe said that while the mother was on the phone the daughter was heard to shout “I should have dug it in deeper.”
He said when emergency services arrived, the mum refused treatment and said she did not want her daughter to get into trouble.
She suffered a 2.5cm cut to her liver, the court heard.
Judge Mark Bury told Gaffney: “You are very lucky, as is your mother, that more serious harm was not caused.
“You could have killed her then you would have been facing a murder charge.”
He added: “Your mother and father had a toxic relationship and eventually split up. Your mother had a number of relationships that were not long in duration and each one resulted in your four siblings,” said the judge.
“Your mother has had issues with drink and drugs and unsuitable relationships. That was something you resented.”
Mr Lowe told the court that Gaffney “plunged the knife into her mother’s chest from behind”.
She told Humberside Police that her mum had stabbed herself but a forensic expert explained this was not possible.
In her victim impact statement, the mum told how desperate she was to have a relationship with her daughter again.
I just want to hug her. It is horrible not having contact. My life has gone downhill. I have been asked if I want a restraining order. I said ‘No’ and just want to hug her. I still love her and want her to get the help she needs.
He said: “She has not had a relationship since the attack. She said that as a mother it could not get any worse with not having any contact with her child.”
In her statement she said: “I just want to hug her. It is horrible not having contact. My life has gone downhill. The last two years have been horrible.
“I have been asked if I want a restraining order. I said ‘No’ and just want to hug her. I still love her and want her to get the help she needs.”
The daughter wept in court as the statement was read out.
Defence lawyer Michele Stuart-Lofthouse said her client is upset at not having contact with her siblings and wants to pursue a course in mechanics.
The lawyer said she was at low risk of offending having moved to Birmingham to be with her partner and his family.
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In his conclusion the judge said: “It may be she is no role model, but that is no reason to behave like this. You blamed her. You said it was nothing to do with you. She is forgiving.
“We are two years on and there have been no further offences. You appear to have begun a stable relationship and you have the opportunity of an apprenticeship.
“If you had been an adult you would have been serving three years in a young offenders’ institution.”
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