Teenage knife attacker from Cumbria jailed for 11-and-a-half years



A teenager who repeatedly stabbed a 17-year-old as he lay in her bed has today been jailed for 11-and-a-half years.


Zoe Adams, 19, of Brindlefield, Wigton, admitted a charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding the teen with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how Adams had been drinking heavily and smoking cannabis with the victim – who she had had an on-off relationship with - on the night of the attack (29 July, 2017).

The 17-year-old boy had become sick from the alcohol and had gone upstairs to lie on Adams’ bed.

Adams then drank more shots before following and getting into bed with the boy.

The court was told that the pair lay together before Adams asked the 17-year-old to put a pillow over his head to “make it more kinky”.

The victim told officers following the attack that he then heard his phone vibrate and was aware of Adams picking it up. The next thing he recalls was being attacked, pulling the pillow from his head and seeing Adams striking at him with the knife.

The victim suffered a total of five wounds – two stab wounds to his chest, one to his upper left arm, one to his right inner thigh and one to his right hand.

Despite his injuries, the boy was able to flee the address, seeking help from a neighbour.

The 17-year-old was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries which required emergency surgery at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Adams was arrested at the scene. In her interview she denied attempted murder but accepted she had caused the injuries.

However, she told detectives she had no recollection of having carried out the attack, claiming she had blacked out as a result of the alcohol and cannabis.

She said she had a complete memory blank until immediately after the attack, when she recalled the victim looking at her and saying “what have you done!”

Adams told officers she keeps a knife between the head of her bed and the wall for protection – as only herself and her daughter lived at the address.

The weapon used in the attack was a kitchen knife with a black handle and a blade around six to seven inches in length.

Detective Constable Calvin Greaves said: “Any assault with a knife has the potential for fatal consequences. In this instance, the young victim of this callous and violent attack has been very fortunate to escape with his life.

“Adams told officers she blacked out and had no memory of the attack. Her 17-year-old victim is not so fortunate. He will have to live with the physical and mental scars of Adams’ actions for the rest of his life.

“He has shown great courage throughout the investigation, not least in giving detectives a statement regarding the attack whilst only hours into his recovery.”

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