Prison for woman who stabbed man in neck

  • 29/08/2017
Stabbing sentence
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A Christchurch woman who stabbed a man in the neck, missing his jugular vein by 1mm, will spend 20 months behind bars.

In the early hours of March 4, Ribena Aratangi was drinking alcohol with the victim at a park on Stanmore Road, when she smashed a bottle and lunged at him.

The court heard that the man was stabbed in the neck several times and is likely to have died if he had been hit in his jugular vein, which was just missed.

It's believed the pair were in an argument before the stabbing.

The 31-year-old then fled the area, and told passersby that she thought she might have killed a man.

She was then taken to a police station.

Aratangi pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm in Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.