Man forgives wife who tried to kill him

A MAN whose wife tried to kill him by slitting his throat after plying him with a sex drug said yesterday he still loved her and wanted her freed from prison.

Joanne Hale was having an “affair” with a married man she met on the internet before giving her husband Peter a sex drug and taking him to woodland in Stoke Park, Bristol.

Mr Hale, 43, took the natural aphrodisiac called “horny goat weed” on December 27 last year, believing he and his wife would be having sex in the woods.

The pair rolled about in the leaves before she attacked him, inflicting a 12cm long slash to his throat and then stabbed him, causing an almost fatal wound to his chest which caused lung collapse, cardiac arrest and heart damage.

Hale, 39, was found guilty of attempted murder by majority verdict at Bristol Crown Court in October and was jailed yesterday for six years.

Hale had struck up a relationship over the internet with married postal worker Philip Sudol, who had travelled from Leeds to Bristol for a romantic liaison.

It is claimed she then left her husband with a passerby, without saying she knew him or what had happened, before driving to Bristol Parkway and meeting Sudol in person for the first time.

She picked him up from Bristol Parkway and after they arrived at the Hales’ home in Hawksmoor Lane, Stapleton, police arrested both of them.

Mr Hale survived the attack and during his evidence he said his memory was “hazy” but he remembered seeing his wife before waking up in hospital.

Sudol was released without charge and gave evidence at Hale’s trial, which he attended throughout with his wife. Mr Hale was present in court and was thanked by the judge for supporting his wife.

He quietly sat metres away from Ms Hale, who sobbed loudly as Mr Justice Royce passed sentence.

Heavy scarring to Mr Hale’s neck was visible.

After the case Mr Hale said: “I hope that she is out as soon as possible. My evidence was very confused and I hope that we have grounds for an appeal.

“I still love her very much. I am pleased with the comments of the judge and the sentence is probably the best we could have hoped for.”

The court heard that Hale, who has been in custody for 239 days, had made two attempts on her life since being arrested.

Mr Hale had written numerous letters to the court in which he repeated that the incident was not his wife’s fault and that he was willing to forgive her.

He also said his life without her was terrible and he was still in love with her.

A number of letters from friends handed to the court said Ms Hale was “a kind and caring person who would do anything for anyone”.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Royce said the love between the defendant and her victim “produces a serious sentencing dilemma”.

“This is an extraordinary case, and I hope and trust that when you are released you and Mr Hale will be together again enjoying a happy life and steer clear of horny goat weed in the future.”

The judge then said to Mr Hale: “Thank you for your attendance, I have taken into account everything that you have put before the court in deciding the exceptional course that I have.”

He said Ms Hale would serve half of her six-year sentence before being eligible for release on licence.


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