Rushworth stabbing accused bailed

A 70-year-old Rushworth woman allegedly stabbed her 78-year-old ex-husband five times to the torso after not being invited to his birthday party, a court has heard.

Pamela Turner was arrested on Thursday night after seriously assaulting the man in his own home.

At a bail hearing in the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday, the court heard Turner had gone to her ex-husband’s Rushworth home armed with a knife and laid in wait for him to return from his party.

Detective Senior Constable Jason Hare said Turner had attended the party earlier in the night but was not invited and had been asked to leave.

“She attended at his residence after going to her own house to get a knife,” Senior Detective Hare said.

“She also picked up a mallet from the victim’s shed.

“She sat there and waited for him to come home from the party. When he came in the door she hit him with the mallet to the shoulder.”

Senior Detective Hare said a struggle ensued where Turner grabbed a meat cleaver and struck the man to the hand.

He said when the man grabbed the cleaver Turner stabbed him five times to the abdomen and shoulder with her knife.

“He received stitches and is getting X-rays today,” Senior Detective Hare said.

“He was extremely lucky with one of the puncture wounds, the doctor said if it was any deeper he would have been in severe trouble.”

Senior Detective Hare said the woman had handed herself in to police after the incident and made full admissions.

“She said she was very upset to be excluded from the function,” he said.

Turner’s lawyer, Kate Youngson, confirmed her client would be pleading guilty to the charge of intentionally causing serious injury.

Turner was bailed to appear at the same court for a committal mention on November 28.