Published: 15:14, 22 August 2019
| Updated: 09:01, 23 August 2019
A jealous wife has been jailed after lunging at a police officer with a knife during a call out to a domestic incident — but now she's cleaning up her act after replacing her alcohol addiction with cups of tea.
It was the second time in two months Juliette Waghorn attacked a PC.
PC Dominic St John had gone to the 53-year-old's Sevenoaks home to check on husband John who had been threatened by her.
Waghorn answered the door and pointed a knife at herself - but the officer took out a pepper spray to protect himself, Maidstone Crown Court heard.
It was then Waghorn lunged towards him as he tried to shut the door - believing the knife would be used on him.
Just two months earlier Waghorn had been convicted of assaulting another police officer in a drunken rage and was find £235.
Now she has been jailed for a total of 14 months after admitting wounding, relating to an earlier assault on her husband, and assaulting an emergency worker.
Judge Adele Williams told her the officer was "just doing his job."
She added: "When PC St John attended, you took a knife, pointed it at yourself and then turned it on him.
"He felt he was about to be seriously injured. It must be understood that assaulting a police officer who is only doing his job is a very serious matter.
"You also have a previous conviction for assaulting an emergency worker just days before the incident involving your husband."
The court heard Waghorn had a 'considerable' drink problem and said she viewed the attack on her husband as 'a blip' in their relationship.
Prosecutor Kate Smith told the court the officer had gone to see Mr Waghorn at his home in Windmill Hill on May 10.
Less than two months earlier he had been stabbed by his wife after she falsely accused him of cheating on her. Back then they were living in Wykeham Grove, Leeds.
The nine-inch blade cut the palm of his hand as he tried to protect himself, and Waghorn later confessed while in police custody that she had attacked him out of jealousy.
Waghorn later confessed: "He is a good man. It's all my fault because I'm a jealous person."
"At the centre of all of this is alcohol but she is doing extremely well now she is clean in prison. She has replaced that addiction with an addiction to cups of tea..." Jonathan Reuben, defending
But the court heard she then turned on PC St John as he stood in a doorway, waving her finger in his face, repeatedly shouting her husband's name and then grabbing the knife from a drawer.
"She had the point of the blade to her abdomen and demanded to speak to her husband," said Miss Smith.
"The officer activated his panic button and alerted control. The defendant then walked towards him holding the knife.
"He stepped backwards, started to close the door between them and drew his spray.
"The officer later stated he had an honestly held belief he was in danger and feared she would use the knife.
"She lunged towards the door and he held it closed as she banged and shouted on the other side."
Waghorn eventually calmed down and put the knife in the sink before being restrained and arrested.
The court heard as well as the previous conviction for assaulting an emergency worker, which resulted from a Valentine's Day row with her husband, she also has a caution for a previous assault on him.
But Jonathan Reuben, defending, said : "At the centre of all of this is alcohol but she is doing extremely well now she is clean of alcohol in prison.
"She tells me she isn't even thinking about it and has replaced that addiction with an addiction to cups of tea.
"In her words, this was a blip in their relationship."
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