'Now I will kill you' - Chilling threat as drunk woman stabbed lodger in neck and heart
PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:46 26 July 2018
A woman stabbed her lodger in the neck and heart in a drunken row and his life was only saved by the "astonishing" skill of medical staff, a court heard.
Agnieszka Kusmierz, 33, and the victim, 34-year-old Ilya Bulakovs, were both drunk when they argued and Kusmierz grabbed a knife at the house they shared in Kimms Belt, Thetford, and stabbed the victim in the neck before plunging the knife into his heart saying: “Now I will kill you.”
Philip Farr, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said the 34-year-old victim, whose heart at one point stopped beating, collapsed on the floor and could not remember anything until he woke up in hospital.
Mr Farr said the victim’s life was only saved by the skilled intervention of medical staff, called to the scene by the brother of Kusmierz.
Mr Farr said paramedics and the East Anglian Air Ambulance both attended and a breathing pipe was inserted and open chest surgery was carried out at the scene before he was taken to hospital. He was later transferred to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
Mr Farr said the victim, who has now returned to Latvia, had to spend five days in intensive care and spent two weeks in hospital. In an impact statement he said he recognised he was lucky to be alive.
Kusmierz, of Kimms Belt, Thetford, who appeared on a video link from Peterborough jail, admitted wounding with intent in Thetford on January 31 and was given an extended 13-and-a-half-year sentence under which she is jailed for nine-and-a-half years and will serve four years on extended licence. Jailing her, Judge Stephen Holt said it was the “remarkable” surgery carried out which had saved the victim’s life: “The medical intervention undoubtedly saved his life. Stabbing and puncturing the heart, there cannot be a more serious wound.”
He commended the medical teams and doctors involved and said they had shown “astonishing skill. It was quite extraordinary.”
Jonathan Goodman, for Kusmierz, said that her drinking became worse following the recent death of her husband.
He said: “This was a one-off incident.”