Teacher who bragged after knifing partner jailed for 15 yearsJanuary 20, 2023
Laughing teacher, 34, who bragged ‘I just stabbed him’ to neighbour after knifing her ‘polite and well mannered’ partner who died two days later is jailed for 15 years
- Carrie McGuinness was laughing when she told her neighbour she had stabbed her partner, Steven Davies, who was found dead at his home near Pontypridd
- The mother-of-two claimed that Mr Davies, 39, beat her before she stabbed him
- Mr Davies was found dead at his home last June after his friend raised the alarm
- McGuinness, 34, admitted manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility
A teacher who bragged to her neighbour that she had stabbed her partner who later died of his injuries has been jailed for 15 years.
Carrie McGuinness was laughing when she told her neighbour that she had ‘just stabbed’ Steven Davies, 39, at his home in Glyncoch, near Pontypridd last June.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that McGuinness, 34, was seen by a neighbour with a black eye and a cut across the bridge of her nose after the incident.
When asked what had happened, the mother-of-two told her neighbour: ‘He beat me up’, and added that he was ‘in the house. I just stabbed him’ when asked where Mr Davies was.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that McGuinness, 34, (pictured) was seen by a neighbour with a black eye and a cut across the bridge of her nose after the incident
Steven Davies, 39, was found dead in his home in Garth Avenue, Glyncoch, near Pontypridd
Mr Davies’s friend Gareth Dale raised the alarm after he failed to hear from his friend, known as Hagi, in several days and went to his house on Garth Avenue to check on him.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees KC told the court: ‘Mr Dale looked through the window of his flat to see his friend naked and face-down on his bed. Mr Dale thought that his friend was dead.’
Police were then called to the property, who entered to find Mr Davies dead.
‘Mr Davies was naked apart from a pair of slippers and he was in a kneeling position over a child seat at the base of the bed with his body hunched over and face-down onto the double bed,’ Mr Rees said.
‘His legs were stained from his bottom downwards and there was blood on the bed.
‘On a bedside table next to the bed were two plastic bowls that contained a dark red, almost black, liquid. Mr Davies was cold to the touch and his face appeared green.’
The court heard Mr Davies could have been alive and suffering for up to 48 before he died, and that neither he nor McGuinness took the wound seriously. The court also heard that McGuinness had no memory of the attack.
Mr Davies could have been dead for several days before he was found, the court heard.
Carrie McGuinness (pictured) was laughing when she told her neighbour that she had ‘just stabbed’ Steven Davies
Pictured: Steven Davies and Carrie McGuinness. Cardiff Crown Court heard that the pair had a ‘volatile’ relationship
A pathologist said the cause of death was a stab wound to the abdomen associated with the puncture of the descending colon and peritonitis.
In a tribute made at the time of his death, Steven’s mum Donna said: ‘My beautiful baby boy who has been tragically taken from us. We are heartbroken and absolutely devastated.
‘Our lives have been ripped apart and destroyed and will never ever be the same again.
‘Steven had a heart of gold and would help anyone before thinking of himself and always have time for anyone. He was a polite and well-mannered young man. He was a loving, doting brother to Adrianne, they were each other’s world.’
McGuinness, of Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, admitted manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility having suffered from ‘severe alcohol dependence syndrome’. Medical evidence from psychiatric reports supported the view, leading prosecutors to drop the murder charge against her.
The court heard that she had been a qualified teacher with a ‘bright future’ and was previously married with two children.
But she suffered financial issues and became addicted to alcohol before starting a ‘volatile’ relationship with Steven.
Steven Davies was described as a ‘polite and well-mannered young man’ in a tribute paid by his mother at the time of his death
Judge Mr Justice Kerr told McGuinness: ‘You began a relationship with Mr Davies which was to cost him his life. The relationship between you was volatile and you used alcohol to cope with your difficulties.’
McGuinness was jailed for 15 years and six months.
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