Woman, 28, who stabbed her boyfriend to death with a steak knife during drunken row is jailed for life
- BREAKING: Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, killed 26-year-old James Knight in 2016
- She denied murder at first trial, claiming it was self defence, but was convicted
- She has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court with a 17 year minimum
A woman who stabbed her partner to death with a steak knife has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of his murder for a second time following a retrial.
Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, of Sylvan Street, Leicester, killed 26-year-old James Knight in March 2016 following a drunken row.
She denied murdering Mr Knight at her first trial, claiming it was self defence, but was convicted later that year and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 17 years.
Her second trial, ordered by the Court of Appeal, took place at Birmingham Crown Court where a jury again found her guilty of Mr Knight’s murder, by majority verdict, on March 5.
She was today handed a life sentence at Birmingham Crown Court and will serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.
Jailing Magson for life on Monday, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told her: ‘I regret I am unconvinced you have, as yet, any real remorse for having caused James Knight’s death.’
Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, (pictured left) of Sylvan Street, Leicester, killed 26-year-old James Knight (pictured right) in March 2016 following a drunken row
She has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured during first trial in 2016) after being convicted of his murder for a second time following a retrial
Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, sentencing, told Magson her prison term would run from the date of the end of the original trial, in 2017.
He added that for legal reasons he could not impose a greater minimum term than the 17-year tariff previously handed to her.
But the judge said: ‘Had it not been for the statutory limitation on the court’s powers, the minimum term would have been in excess of that previously imposed upon you.’
In January last year, the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial after hearing new psychiatric evidence that Magson was suffering from emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) – and so could have diminished responsibility.
Magson’s application for a retrial was supported by campaign group Justice for Women.
Her second trial took place at Birmingham Crown Court where a jury again found her guilty of Mr Knight’s murder, by a majority verdict of 10-2.
A court heard how she plunged the blade into the heart of her partner in a drunken row following a night out in Leicester before waiting 45 minutes to dial 999.
Emma-Jayne Magson, 26, of Leicester, was caught on police body-cam footage crying out for her boyfriend just moments after stabbing him with a steak knife and watching him die
She claimed Mr Knight had collapsed and when a call operator warned her the ambulance might be delayed, she calmly replied: ‘No, that’s fine, don’t worry about it.’
She also lied to call handlers about his injuries, saying: ‘I just think he’s too smashed’, after claiming he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The binman was pronounced dead from a single stab wound after being attacked with the 11.5cm (4.5ins) long blade in the early hours of March 27, 2016.
In chilling bodycam footage previously released by Leicestershire Police, Magson is seen telling officers who arrived at the scene: ‘We had a fight but he seemed fine. He was breathing heavily, but he was still alive.’
She then appears to become more agitated as she screams: ‘I don’t care, just get my boyfriend out,’ before adding: ‘I don’t care as long as he is alive’.
Magson can be heard sobbing as she bangs on the front door and says, ‘I want my boyfriend’ and ‘James, come on.’
Detective Inspector Kenny Henry, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, previously said: ‘It has been very disappointing to have to be back in court four years on to see the case be heard before a jury once more.
Magson was today handed a life sentence at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured, stock image) and will serve a minimum of 17 years in prison
‘The evidence against Magson continued to be overwhelming and the fact she has been convicted a second time just confirms that.
‘Understandably James’ family found it incredibly difficult to sit through the first trial and hear her lies and deceit and how Magson effectively sat back and watched James die.
‘It has been horrendous for this to be spoken about in court again.
‘They have done their best to come to terms with his death, but to hear yet again that Magson insisted that James had just collapsed because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol has been distressing for them.
‘They have been reminded with the fact that it was only some time later that she called an ambulance, and even then, she failed to disclose to the call taker that he had sustained a stab wound, [which] she later admitting causing.
‘They continue to struggle with the possibility had Magson called an ambulance sooner and told of them of his injury, he could have lived and they wouldn’t be mourning for James, a much-loved son and brother.
‘Knife crime can have a devastating effect on families, which is why it continues to remain an ongoing priority for the force.’
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