Woman jailed for Weymouth knife attack

Woman jailed for Weymouth knife attack

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:22pm 24th June 2019.

Toyah Holmes, 22, was given five-and-a-half years.

A woman from Weymouth has been jailed for more than five years following a knife attack in the town.

Toyah Louise Holmes of Bridlebank Way was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 21st June after being found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent at a trial in March, 2019.

The 22-year-old was given a five-and-a-half-year jail term.

The attack happened in Ranelagh Road at round 6.50pm on Sunday 28 October, 2018.

Holmes had met her victim, a local woman who was 19 at the time, around a month earlier and the pair had been engaged in arguments over social media.

The victim had just got off a train and was walking along the road when she was approached from behind by the defendant, who grabbed her hair and slashed her forehead with a knife.

Friends of the victim, who had been nearby and heard her shouting, arrived on the scene and took her to the nearby Premier store in Queen Street, where an ambulance was called.

One of the friends described seeing Holmes holding a knife that was around 10cm long and heard her shout 'that is what you get' as she walked off.

Holmes was arrested later that evening.

The victim required surgery for a 25cm cut to her forehead.

Detective Constable George Graham, of Weymouth CID, said: "This was a nasty attack by a defendant armed with a knife and it is fortunate that the injury was not even more serious.

"I would like to praise the victim for having the courage to come forward and all the witnesses who gave evidence at trial for their support.

"We are only too aware of the potentially devastating impacts of carrying a knife and Dorset Police is committed to reducing knife crime across the county.

"We will continue to work in conjunction with our partners to identify those at risk and those who present the greatest threat in terms of knife-related crime."