A mother-of-four stabbed her partner after becoming convinced he was having an affair because he had a shave and a haircut.
Fatima Fardous repeatedly contacted her partner, Mirza Raza, with ‘vitriolic’ phone calls while he was at work.
When the carpet fitter returned to their home, he discovered Fardous had smashed up the television and a mirror before she lunged at him with a kitchen knife during an argument.
Prosecutor Nick Adlington told Bradford Crown Court, West Yorkshire, that the victim was able to move to avoid being stabbed in the chest but the knife dug into left upper arm, hitting the bone and causing the handle to break.
It was revealed Fardous, who has no previous convictions, became convinced Mr Raza was seeing someone else after she discovered he had had a haircut and a shave before the attack in April.
As Mr Raza fled following the attack, his 29-year-old partner threatened to get another knife.
During the trial, following Fardous’ denial of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, Mr Raza claimed the wounding had been an accident.
Mr Adlington said he was not surprised he had not provided a victim impact statement nor placed a restraining order application.
Despite this, Judge Neil Davey, QC, jailed Fardous for four-and-a-half years and told her via an interpreter he was satisfied she had worked herself up into a jealous rage at the thought that Mr Raza might be seeing someone else.
He said: ‘Your anger had already boiled over by the time he got home from work.
‘He discovered that his home was in disarray with the television and the mirror both broken. That much he could see. What he could not see was the kitchen knife with which you had already armed yourself.
‘An argument started straight away. You quickly produced the knife and tried to stab him in the chest.’
Mitigating for Fardous, Stuart Field said his client appeared to have been involved in a number of relationships that had problems.
He said the prison term would be her first custodial sentence and it would be harder for her because of language and cultural difficulties.
Judge Davey, QC said Fardous’ threat to get a second knife made it plain that she intended to hurt him even more badly than she actually did.
Judge Davey said the wound to Mr Raza’s arm had caused some nerve damage which led temporarily to reduced sensation in his hand, but the injury was repaired and a full recovery was expected.