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Woman facing “significant” jail term for repeatedly stabbing man on Boxing Day

Carlisle Crown Court

A WOMAN has been told she faces a “significant” prison sentence for repeatedly stabbing a man at her West Cumbria home on Boxing Day.

Victoria Lagan, 36, pleaded guilty to two offences when she appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (WED). She admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding Neil McLaughlin with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm; and assaulting a woman also present inside her home, Natalie Dockwray, by beating.

At a previous court hearing, magistrates heard how all three people were at a party at Lagan’s Main Street home at Hensingham, Whitehaven, and been “drinking heavily”.

Lagan had stabbed Mr McLaughlin several times with what was believed to be a steak knife, which was recovered. Prosecutor Rachel Parker had said: “The complainant has multiple stab wounds to his chest, face and arm, all around an inch in length, and is bleeding heavily and is taken to hospital.”

Police said at the time a man aged in his 30s was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary before being discharged.

A document outlining a basis for Lagan’s admissions of guilt is to be produced in due course, and will be considered by the prosecution.

Judge Peter Davies adjourned today’s crown court hearing for the preparation of psychiatric and probation service pre-sentence reports.

Lagan is due to be sentenced at the crown court on March 13, and was remanded in custody in the meantime. “The likely sentence is significant custody,” Judge Davies told her.

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