Rebecca Nangle is jailed for six years for stabbing her neighbour
VIOLENT Rebecca Nangle has been jailed for six years for stabbing her neighbour in a row over two New Year's Eve parties.
The 28-year-old insurance company trainee manager collapsed in tears as a jury found her guilty of the violent attack, with shocked friends and family looking on from the public gallery.
Nangle stabbed Victoria Griffiths in the back and punctured her lung just before midnight on December 31 last year.
Judge William Hart told Nangle she could have killed Ms Griffiths.
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He said: "You must have simply lost your temper in that heat of the moment.
"You could have killed her by plunging the knife into her."
The judge jailed her for six years, of which she will serve half, less the 118 days she has had a tagged home curfew on remand.
Nangle was found guilty of intent to cause Ms Griffiths grievous bodily harm after a four-day trial at Gloucester Crown Court.
Tempers flared in Priors Road, Cheltenham, after a guest chose one New Year's Eve party over another on the opposite side of the road.
Ms Griffiths and Leigh Eyre, who lives across the road, were holding parties that night.
Nangle is Ms Eyre's niece and was at her party. But Ms Eyre's son, Craig Beard, was at Ms Griffiths' party, and this annoyed his mother..
Ms Eyre approached Ms Griffiths' ground-floor maisonette and put her hand through the open lounge window, breaking the blind. She then shouted abuse through the window at Ms Griffiths and telling her son to leave.
She is then said to have "forcefully hammered" at the door and smashed a pane of glass.
Ms Griffiths then went outside into the road to find out why Ms Eyre had caused damage to her home.
Ms Eyre was holding a knife, but that Nangle then took it from her.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said: "She then turned around so she had her back to Leigh Eyre. She turned to go back to her home. At that point, as she was starting to walk back to her flat, she was stabbed in the back.
"She says it felt like a really hard punch. It was a punch that took the wind out of her and she did not appreciate then that she had been stabbed. She turned around and on turning she saw Rebecca Nangle running away from her."
Ms Griffiths said that as she waked back across the road she felt an "almighty" blow to the back and turned to see Nangle running across the road.
She said within moments of the blow she was bleeding and unable to breathe properly.
"It was as if my breathing had been taken away," she told the jury. "I found it incredibly hard to breathe and I was panicking as well, which made it worse."
Nangle told the jury she could remember taking the knife from her aunt, but did not recall if she still had the knife in her hand when she pushed Ms Griffiths.
David Martin, defending, said it was "a very, very sad day indeed" for Nangle and her family.
The verdict, he said, would have a devastating effect on her life and on her supportive family and friends who had been present throughout the case.
The jury convicted Nangle by a majority of 10-2 after deliberating for six-and-a-half hours.