Jealous wife stabbed husband four times because he 'took too long' to finish Christmas shopping
45-year-old Stuart Simpson suffered a near-fatal collapsed lung in the attack and is now encouraging more men to speak out over spousal abuse
A man who was stabbed four times with a kitchen knife by his jealous wife because he "took too long" to do the Christmas shopping last year is encouraging men who have suffered abuse at the hands of their partners to come forward and speak.
According to the Daily Mail, 45-year-old Stuart Simpson was attacked by his then recently-estranged wife, 52-year-old Sonia Simpson, at his home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in December last year, suffering a collapsed lung in the process. He would have passed away if it weren't for the quick medical attention he received and says there's "nothing to be ashamed of" in speaking out.
"It's sad that men feel they can't get help," he said. "It's such a taboo subject that it's difficult for us to speak out about it. When I was with Sonia, I felt like her behaviour was my fault and I'd caused it. Now, I've realised that there was nothing I could have done and I want other men to realise there's nothing to be ashamed of."
Simpson had separated from his wife, who he met in December 2007, in October of last year and says she had been jealous and controlling for the longest time. He said she used to regularly accuse him of cheating, even doing so at his mother's funeral. "I was working long hours as a chef and when I got home, Sonia would accuse me of sleeping with my boss," he said. "And she became jealous of every woman I went near, refusing to trust me."
Despite finally getting out of the toxic relationship last year, Simpson decided he wanted to try and remain friends with his ex and invited her to celebrate Christmas with him and his friend Stacey. It would be then that the 52-year-old's rage would get out of hand, almost fatally for Simpson.
He had gone Christmas shopping, with Sonia and Stacey staying back and chatting at his home, though he never envisioned that day's Christmas rush would result in him almost losing his life. "I went into town while Sonia had some drinks with Stacey at home," he told the Mail. "But it took me longer than anticipated due to the rush of last-minute shoppers. By the time I arrived home five hours later, Sonia was raging."
He said Sonia asked Stacey if she thought he was an idiot, and that when she disagreed, his ex lunged at her and punched her in the face. He tried to intervene, pushing Sonia out of the way to protect his friend, which is when he felt "a sharp sensation" in his back. "Moments later, I realised that Sonia had stabbed me so hard with a kitchen knife that the handle had snapped off," he revealed.
Simpson managed to somehow go into the hallway, trapping the incensed Sonia in the living room by holding the door handle. This gave Stacey the time to call for help, with the police and ambulance arriving a few moments later. The 45-year-old was rushed to the hospital to treat a collapsed lung, while Stacey also required medical attention after suffering a fractured cheekbone.
Sonia was arrested but would only plead guilty to battery for punching Stacey during her trial at the Norwich Crown Court this past July. However, she was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.
"I do think that women get away with domestic violence more than men," Simpson said. "Unfortunately, there's a stigma against men talking about their emotions so until we crack this, I think men will always struggle with this."