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Husband stabbed wife as she slept

PUBLISHED: 16:22 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

A HUSBAND who slashed his wife s throat and cut his own in a drink-fuelled rage has been jailed for five years. Avaro De Gouveia, 45, of Kynaston Road

A HUSBAND who slashed his wife's throat and cut his own in a drink-fuelled rage has been jailed for five years.

Avaro De Gouveia, 45, of Kynaston Road, Bromley pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at Croydon Crown Court on Monday after a charge of attempted murder was dropped.

The court heard that his wife, Elizabeth, was asleep on a sofa at their home in the early hours of May 7 when De Gouveia picked up a chef knife and drew it across her throat causing a 6cm cut on the left side of her neck.

Prosecuting, Peter Finnigan said: "He straddled her, pinning her down and he then stabbed her in the abdomen. She did her best to fight him off. Her screaming roused her 17-year-old son, Matthew, who pulled his father away and took the knife from him. He pushed him to the dining room. Her daughter, aged 12, came down and tended to her mother's injuries.

"The defendant returned with a smaller knife and attacked his wife again. She had a further wound to her hand and a cut to her right thigh."

De Gouveia then injured his own throat. When police arrived, De Gouveia told them: "I did it. I stabbed my wife and I cut my throat." The couple were then taken to separate hospitals.

Judge Warwick McKinnon told De Gouveia, who has no previous convictions: "This was a horrendous offence when, at the time, you were wholly unstable, although not suffering from any mental illness.

"Your action could quite easily have resulted in the death of your wife. It is clear she has been devastated by what happened.

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