Burton woman Kayley Mahood has been found guilty of manslaughter six months after stabbing partner Oliver O'Toole in the chest.
Mahood, 30, will be sentenced on Thursday afternoon at Stafford Crown Court, where, this afternoon, January 25, she has been convicted.
After a two-week trial, it took a jury of seven men and five women just two hours to come to a unanimous verdict.
Mahood was initially being tried for just murder, but judge Recorder Kristina Montgomery QC introduced an alternative, lesser charge of manslaughter on Friday, January 21.
Mahood began gasping for air as the foreman of the jury delivered her the shattering blow by declaring her guilty of manslaughter. Seconds earlier, the jury had found her not guilty of murder. She had denied both charges.
It comes after the defendant had argued she lawfully stabbed former boxer Mr O'Toole, 30, in self-defence as he was coming towards her on July 25 last year.
By delivering its verdict, the jury rejected that claim, but acknowledged Mahood did not set out to kill the victim at their home in Rosliston Road, Stapenhill. Jurors had earlier in the trial been told of the couple's tempestuous relationship, in which Mr O'Toole would hit Mahood. They also heard she had previously stabbed and glassed him. She claimed she only did so in self-defence.
However, the prosecution labelled her a "woman capable of great violence and rage" and someone who "always had to have the last word" in arguments.
A series of text exchanges were read to the court, including messages in which Mahood had continued sending "aggressive" messages more than a day after the start of an argument.
She had called Mr O'Toole an "alchy woman beater" and a "loser", telling him to "get a job" - and even once threatening to stab him - while he had called her a "sket" and a "full-ball slag".
Witnesses also described how Mahood would lose her temper, shouting and screaming at Mr O'Toole during rows.
Both counsels agreed Mr O'Toole had hit Mahood the morning she stabbed him, causing a nasty cut above her left eye.
Mahood had claimed, shortly before she stabbed him, he had threatened to kill her if she left their house.
She also left the scene as her partner lay bleeding to death, having been "reluctant" to speak to paramedics when her neighbour had tried to put her on to them during a 999 call.
The court heard how she changed her story about what happened several times, first claiming she had thrown the knife in his general direction, then that he had walked onto the blade.
Days before the start of the trial, she admitted she had "lashed out" with the knife, causing a 1.5in wound that punctured Mr O'Toole's heart. He subsequently bled to death as paramedics fought to save his life.
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