Former pub landlady jailed for attempted murder following knife attack - The Rugby Observer

Former pub landlady jailed for attempted murder following knife attack

A FORMER pub landlady has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being found guilty of attempted murder.

Police were called to the Three Horseshoes pub in Princethorpe on the afternoon of May 21 after multiple reports of someone being stabbed.

Luisa Santos, 47, is understood to have attacked the victim in the pub with a knife – causing her to suffer two stab wounds in her back and hip – before the incident continued in the pub car park.

Officers attended the scene and Santos, of High Town, Princethorpe, was arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and subsequently charged with attempted murder.

The victim – a woman in her late teens – was taken to hospital where she underwent surgery to ensure there were no further internal injuries.

At an earlier hearing, Santos had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, but following a four-day trial, she was found guilty by a majority verdict of attempted murder.

At Warwick Crown Court today (Friday October 7), Santos was jailed for a decade and ordered to serve a minimum two thirds of the sentence by the judge.

Investigating officer Det Cons Gareth Morgan said: “This attack was entirely unprovoked, and the victim was fortunate not to suffer more serious injuries.

“It was witnessed my numerous people in the pub at the time and could have ultimately resulted in the loss of a life.

“Although this was an isolated incident, great teamwork meant we were able to quickly arrest Santos and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the investigation for their dedication and commitment throughout.

“Using a knife is never acceptable and I am glad Santos is now behind bars where I hope she will be able to reflect on her actions.”


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