Stab case woman to be sentenced

Richard Craddock died from a single stab wound

Richard Craddock died from a single stab wound

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A young woman who says she stabbed a middle aged man with a knife concealed in her bra over fears she would be sexually assaulted will be sentenced today.

Katie Ann Jenkins, 24, thrust a 10cm blade into the neck of Richard Craddock last year after the 51-year-old agreed to give the former call centre worker a lift.

Jenkins was on trial at Swansea Crown Court charged with Mr Craddock's murder.

However, the jury was discharged after the murder count was dropped and replaced with manslaughter.

Defending QC Elwyn Evans said the defendant pleaded guilty on the basis she had not meant to kill or cause Mr Craddock serious harm.

Karaoke fan Mr Craddock - who pals called "Uncle Fester" - had agreed to pick up Jenkins from a house party in the early hours of May 11, 2013, so she could buy more cigarettes.

Hours earlier the diagnosed schizophrenic had met Jenkins for the first time after being taken to his house by a friend.

While there, Jenkins complained several times Mr Craddock was trying to touch her thighs and may have spiked her drink.

She later left to go to a friend's house party but accepted a lift from Mr Craddock in the early hours after he was asked to take her to a 24 hour off-licence to buy cigarettes.

While en route to Jenkins' flat in Waunarlwydd, Mr Craddock's Ford Fusion stopped after three miles in the middle of Sterry Road, Gowerton.

Jenkins ran hysterically to a nearby house where she was heard screaming: "I've stabbed him....tell them I did it...I know I'm going to prison for a long time."

Jenkins said before the stabbing Mr Craddock had threatened to rape her.

Her trial was told she was particularly sensitive towards unwanted attention from men following a previous sexual assault.

Although Mr Craddock was regarded by one witness as a "weirdo" a jury was told he was also "harmless".

Sentencing Jenkins at Swansea Crown Court this afternoon will be Judge Keith Thomas.

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