Wife to be sentenced for trying to kill husband

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A woman who tried to kill her husband by slitting his throat after luring him to woodland in Bristol on the promise of sex will be sentenced for attempted murder.

Joanne Hale, who was having an affair with a married man she met on the internet, plied her husband Peter with a sex drug and took him to woodland in Stoke Park.

Hale, 39, was found guilty of attempted murder by majority verdict at Bristol Crown Court in October.

Mr Hale, 43, took the natural aphrodisiac called horny goat weed on December 27 last year, believing he and his wife would be having sex in the woods.

The pair rolled about in the leaves before Mrs Hale attacked him, inflicting a 12cm (4.7 inch) slash to his throat and then stabbed him, causing an almost fatal wound to his chest which caused lung collapse, cardiac arrest and heart damage.

Hale had struck up a relationship over the internet with married postal worker Philip Sudol, who travelled from Leeds to Bristol for a romantic liaison.

It is claimed she then left Mr Hale with a passerby, without saying she knew him or what had happened, before driving to Bristol Parkway and meeting Mr Sudol in person for the first time. She picked him up from Bristol Parkway and after she arrived at her home in Hawksmoor Lane, Stapleton, police arrested both of them.

Mr Hale survived the attack and during his evidence he said his memory was hazy but he remembered seeing his wife before waking up in hospital.

Mr Sudol was released without charge and gave evidence at Hale's trial, which he attended with his wife.

Hale is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.