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11 April 2012, 15:06
A man has proposed to his partner as she stood in the docks at Hull Crown Court accused of nearly killing him when she stabbed him in the back.
Tiffany Baillie has been jailed for three years at Hull Crown Court, Gregory Todd, her partner, said he understood why a judge had no choice but to jail her.
48 year old Todd, who works as a chef, wrote to the judge pleading with him to not to send Baillie to prison so he could give her the ring.
Mr Todd said he had forgiven Baillie, 32, for stabbing him with a "substantial" knife, seriously injuring him.
But he sat in the public gallery and watched as Judge Michael Mettyear sent her to jail after explaining how most crimes of this type attract much longer sentences.
Outside the courtroom, Mr Todd said he accepted the judge had to send Baillie to prison and praised him for his leniency, adding he was not allowed to go down into the cells at Hull Crown Court to show her the ring but his barrister took it to his partner and he was relieved it fitted her.
Judge Michael Mettyear heard how Baillie plunged a kitchen knife into Mr Todd's back as he was probably asleep on a bed at their flat in Trinity Court, Hessle, on December 4, last year.
He heard how the pair had returned to the flat after a night out drinking.
Mr Todd suffered serious injuries including damage to his colon, a kidney and his pancreas.
Baillie, who is also a chef and has a 12-year-old son, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent at a previous hearing.