Nooshin Nedjah, 30, was jailed for 11 years on Friday over the attack at their flat after she became convinced her husband had married someone else. Medi Sangachin, 36, suffered massive blood loss after the kitchen knife entered his heart and only survived the attack thanks to the skill of one of the country’s leading surgeons, Dr Patrick McGoldrick.
Nedjah was cleared of attempted murder after a trial at Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks., but was convicted of wounding with intent. The jury heard the couple are both originally from Iran and married in June last year after starting a relationship in 2010 when they met on a bus. They set up home at a first floor flat in Leeds where neighbours got the impression they were not a happy couple.
In December last year, Mr Sangachin visited his family in Iran. He told his wife he had been unfaithful to her and tension between them continued as Nedjah believed he had remarried during his trip. The court heard Nedjah persuaded her husband to come to bed on the afternoon of February 17 this year and they had sex. Afterwards, she told him she had a “surprise” and told her husband to cover his eyes as they were naked in bed.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said:
“At that point, she produced a sharp knife which she had fetched from the kitchen and plunged it with force into his chest, penetrating his heart and his left lung and narrowly missing the coronary artery.”
Nedjah, who came to the UK to study English, initially failed to help her husband as blood pumped from the wound but eventually dialled 999. Nedjah tried to claim her husband had inflicted the injury upon himself, then said he was stabbed accidentally as the pair struggled.
Matthew Bean, council for Nedjah, said his client had been receiving treatment for mental health problems. The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, told Nedjah he was satisfied her husband had been unfaithful.
“I am satisfied that you lured him to have sex with you in order to get him into the position where you could strike him as you did.”