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Former escort stabbed good friend and barricaded him in own residence

A former escort stabbed her friend in the leg and barricaded him in his Derby home after an argument over money.

Corinne Lowe had known the victim for six years after creating an online profile for her.

Derby Crown Court heard the 33-year-old circled her victim’s house and an argument broke out that resulted in Lowe barricading the victim in his home and stabbing her in the left thigh as well.

However, the victim had sympathy for Lowe and in his personal testimony of the victim he “pleaded” with the court not to put her in jail but to get her help.

The William Harbage QC recorder gave Lowe a suspended sentence for their actions.

The court heard that the incident occurred on July 8, 2020, and Lowe pleaded guilty on a plea in law.

Prosecutor Amy Earnshaw said the applicant knew the defendant because she had been a female escort in the past and that he had assisted her in creating her online profile – she was no longer an escort.

She said an argument ensued in July.

The court heard that Lowe “stabbed him in the thigh” and “barricaded the applicant in his home”.

Ms. Earnshaw said that when the police arrived they initially refused to let them in, admitted to stabbing him and also tossed the applicant a bottle.

Ms. Earnshaw then read out a personal statement from the victim’s complainant which read: “The defendant is a lovable person when he is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“She has to fix herself. She is connected to (with) other drug users and they clearly have a bad influence on them.”

The applicant wrote in the statement that he did not believe that a prison sentence would help Lowe and asked the court to help her get assistance.

William Bennett said mitigating that the case was far from “a simple judgment exercise.”

He said: “In the past, the defendant was the victim of significant and serious domestic violence – not by this applicant. She was hospitalized with a cerebral haemorrhage.

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“What leads to this incident (the July 2020 GBH crime for which the defendant appeared in court) is that the complainant grabs the defendant by the neck.

“I am very happy to say that she no longer works (in this job). She has the support of her mother, who is sitting in the public gallery. It is an exceptional case.”

Lowe of Barrett Street in Alvaston pleaded guilty to an earlier district court hearing.

Recorder Harbage gave her a 12 month sentence, which was suspended for two years.

He also gave her 30 days for rehabilitation, six months of alcohol treatment, a three month curfew, and a restraining order for five years.

During the temporary punishment, the recorder told Harbage: “There is a report from him (the complainant) and a report from you on which your request is based.

“It is clear that there was an unusual and unhealthy relationship between you and the complainant.

“There was an argument between the two of you. The complainant was pushing you away from your neck (and had his hands on your neck).

“You seem to have reacted and you take a knife from the kitchen. You are barricading the doorway. At some point you throw yourself on him and cause a stab wound on his left thigh.

“The police were called. (They) heard you admit you stabbed him and saw you throw a bottle at him.

“I saw a personal statement from the victim that can be described as generous and he (the applicant) begs the court not to send you to prison but to ask for your help.

“There is a considerable mitigation. I was told that you no longer work in this trade. You no longer use Class A drugs. In the interests of justice, it will be suspended.”