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18 November 2013, 15:25
An Ashford woman who stabbed her boyfriend during a heated argument has been sentenced to 12 months in prison
Jelena Jurcenko, of Cryol Road, Ashford, was convicted of grievous bodily harm at Maidstone Crown Court on 14th November 2013
On Thursday 13 July, just after 9am, emergency services were called to the home Jurcenko shared with boyfriend Erik Urtans in Cryol Road to reports of a stabbing.
An ambulance crew arrived to find Urtans having been stabbed twice with a knife.
When officers arrived, he told them that an unknown man had knocked on his front door and when he opened it, he was attacked before the offender fled the scene.
Urtans was airlifted to Kings College Hospital in London where he was treated for stab wounds to his chest and abdominal area. But he later confessed that Jurcenko had attacked him with a kitchen knife during an argument.
Jurcenko was arrested by detectives at her home in Cryol Road where she admitted throwing the weapon away in the aftermath of the argument when she left the house and made her way to the train station.
In interview, she told officers her relationship with Urtans had been a volatile one after meeting each other on the internet and she had used the knife in self-defence on the morning of 13 July.
But at court on 14th November 2013 Jurcenko was found guilty of GBH.
Speaking following her sentencing, Acting Detective Inspector Matt Banks said: ‘This was a volatile relationship, a whirlwind romance which turned nasty in the weeks leading up to the attack on Mr Urtans.
‘Jurcenko used the knife, not once, but twice on the morning of 13 July before fleeing the scene and discarding the weapon as she fled.
‘Mr Urtans needed emergency treatment at hospital for the injuries sustained at the hands of his girlfriend. Thankfully his injuries never became life threatening.