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Trials & Litigation
Will She or Won’t She? Stabbing Victim Awaits Jailed Defendant’s Answer to In-Court Wedding Proposal
Posted Apr 6, 2012 10:55 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Gregory Todd wore his best suit and brought a diamond engagement ring to a recent sentencing hearing.
But the 48-year-old is still waiting, after proposing marriage to the woman he loves, to find out whether Tiffany Baillie, 32, has accepted, the Telegraph reports.
That's because she is being held in custody after admittedly stabbing him in the back last year at their home in the United Kingdom as he slept. Hence, Todd had to ask Baillie's lawyer to pop the question during the Hull Crown Court hearing rather than doing so himself. He might presumably have proposed earlier, but It reportedly took him months to recover from his wounds from the 12-inch kniife.
The December 2011 attack at issue in the criminal case came after a miscarriage and the death of Baillie's baby son, her lawyer said, and she cannot explain why she committed the crime.
The presiding judge, Michael Mettyear, said he is troubled about how to resolve the case, noting that Todd could well have died without prompt medical care, If Baillie had been convicted of the attempted murder charge she originally faced, that could have resulted in a 15-year sentence, Mettyear pointed out at the hearing. Instead, she has admitted to a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.
“I want some time to think about it. If he had died, this would have been a life sentence. The minimum term would have been 25 years. If she had been convicted of attempted murder, the sentence could have been the order of 15 years," said Mettyear of his pending ruling. "This is a difficult case, and the guidelines suggest a prison sentence of some length."