Woman jailed after assaulting man in Colchester

A woman has been jailed for 30 months after assaulting a man in Colchester.

Natasha Gardener, 36, of Brooklands, Colchester, admitted GBH without intent and assault at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 16th October.

Gardener, who was initially on trial for GBH with intent and assault, made the admission early into her trial. Judge Overbury, overseeing the case, guided the jury towards a decision on the lesser charge.

She was sentenced on Friday (14th December).

Investigating officer, DC Steven King, said: “What happened on that night has left a lasting emotional impact on the two victims. Gardener’s violence was unprovoked and unwarranted and I’m glad that this has been reflected in a custodial sentence.”

The victim, aged in his 40s, was found with a single stab wound to the stomach at an address on Hythe Hill on December 20, 2017. Another woman at the address, aged in her 20s, had also been assaulted, for which Gardener received a one month sentence to run concurrently.

Police officers identified Gardener and arrested her after reviewing CCTV in the area.