Wife jailed for anti-freeze murder bid

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A housewife who left her husband blind and deaf by poisoning him with anti-freeze was sentenced to 30 years today.







Kate Knight, 28, was convicted last month of attempting to murder Lee Knight by lacing his food with ethylene glycol on their seventh wedding anniversary.



Mr Knight was also left with brain damage and kidney failure following the poisoning in April 2005.













A jury at Stafford Crown Court took eight hours to convict Knight, of Meir Hay, Stoke-on-Trent, of attempted murder following a three-week trial.

The court was told she had planned to use the £130,000 death benefit from her husband's employer, JCB in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, to pay off mounting debts after forging her husband's signature to take out two secret loans for £17,000.



The jury heard that Knight, a former brewery worker, used the internet search engine Google to find a method of killing, settling on anti-freeze after considering using ecstasy or iron tablets.



Knight, who married at 19, administered the anti-freeze to her husband in red wine and an Indian takeaway he ate on their wedding anniversary.



Mr Knight, 37, managed to survive despite spending 10 weeks in a coma after being admitted to hospital.



He recently underwent an operation to restore some of his hearing, but still required two hearing aids and support from two specialists to give evidence at his wife's trial.



He told the court that he knew nothing of the loans, taken out in 2003 and 2004, which motivated his wife's desire to kill him and claim a windfall from his employer.