A WOMAN will undergo a full medical assessment in prison after she was charged with allegedly stabbing her husband while he slept near Tamworth.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday after her arrest on Monday night.
Detectives allege she stabbed her husband twice while he was sleeping in their Moonbi home about 10pm.
Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd told The Leader the 69-year-old woman allegedly used two knives in the attack.
“Police will allege the woman armed herself with two knives inside the Moonbi premises,” he said on Tuesday.
“The woman approached the male who was sleeping in a bed and police allege she wounded the man twice.”
The woman allegedly stabbed the man in the upper right back and the upper right shoulder area.
Police said the man drove himself to Tamworth hospital with the woman, which sparked the police investigation.
He was admitted to hospital and it’s understood the man required stitches for the wounds, which are not considered life-threatening.
The woman approached the male who was sleeping in a bed and police allege she wounded the man twice.Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd
The woman was arrested and taken to Tamworth Police Station where she was questioned by detectives who took charge of the investigation because of the serious nature of the incident.
The 69-year-old was charged with one count of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm – a charge that carries a maximum of 25 years imprisonment, if convicted.
“A crime scene was established at the premises and that was examined by officers from the Forensic Services Group,” Acting Superintendent Budd said.
“Investigations are continuing.”
The Leader understands two knives were seized at the scene.
The woman spent the night in police custody before appearing in court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Roger Prowse formally refused bail in court, and ordered the woman to undergo a full medical assessment by two doctors in custody.
The woman was not required to enter a plea to the charge and some of the details surrounding the case cannot be reported for legal reasons.
The court ordered a brief of evidence to be served before the case returns to court in November.