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Woman jailed for Thetford stabbing

Agnieszka Kusmierz
Agnieszka Kusmierz

A Thetford woman has been jailed following the stabbing of a man in her home earlier this year.

Agnieszka Kusmierz, 33, of Kim’s Belt, stabbed 34-year-old Ilya Bulakovs at her address on January 31.

She was charged with attempted murder in February and later pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

During sentencing at Norwich Crown Court today she received a sentence of 13 years and six months of which she will serve nine-and-a-half years in custody and four years on licence.

The court heard how Ilja was a lodger at Kusmierz’s home. He was also a friend of Kusmierz’s late husband and had helped her financially following his death.

On January 31, the pair had been drinking together throughout the day and in the evening Kusmierz became argumentative.

She then became aggressive and took a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in the neck, before stabbing him in the chest.

At 7.30pm officers attended the address and arrested Kusmierz on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim had suffered serious stab wounds during the incident, one of which penetrated his heart and required him to undergo life-saving surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Detective Sergeant Mark Glister said: "This was an unprovoked attack which left a man fighting for his life. Today’s sentence reflects the hard work of detectives and staff involved in the investigation of this offence, along with recognising the severity of Kusmierz’s actions.

"Recognition should be given to the lifesaving work of the East of England Ambulance Service, East Anglian Air Ambulance and medical staff for their treatment to Ilja. Hopefully, the sentencing of Kusmierz today will help Ilja in his recovery from what was a very traumatic experience.”