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Guilty verdict follows Mothers’ Day stabbing

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MOTHERS’ Day 2012 in Hakin was not what it should have been when one mother stabbed another in the back, said a judge.

Stevie Jo Parkes, 20, had denied a charge of unlawful wounding but was convicted unanimously by a jury at Swansea crown court following a three day trial.

She was immediately remanded in custody and warned to expect jail when she is sentenced on November 22.

Rebecca Louise Davies told the court she had been in a relationship with Tace Davies, Parkes’ step brother, and had a child by him.

Their relationship ended but he was allowed to call at her home in Hakin and to spend time with the child.

On March 18, 2012 – mothers’ day – he asked for the first time if he could take their son to his grandfather’s home in Haven Drive.

Miss Davies agreed but warned him not to take the baby “anywhere near” Parkes.

A few hours later Parkes called round and asked for fresh clothing for the child.

Miss Davies responded by walking to Parkes’ home at 18 John Lewis Street and demanding the return of her son.

Tace Davies appeared at the door of the flat, and alongside him was Parkes holding a bread knife.

Miss Davies turned her back and walked away to protect herself but then felt a sharp pain to her back.

Parkes, she said, had slashed her with the knife.

She was taken to Withybush hospital for treatment and Parkes was arrested.

Parkes told the jury that Miss Davies disliked her and had invented the complaint, possibly injuring herself just to get Parkes into trouble.

After the verdict Judge Huw Davies said: “Mothers’ Day in Hakin was different, not what it should have been.”

Both Parkes and Miss Davies had delivered babies within days of each other.

Judge Davies said he was anxious about what start in life they had when people lose their temper and picked up knives to settle their differences.

Judge Davies said he noted that Parkes had received a warning for assaulting a police officer in June, 2009, and also been convicted of disorderly behaviour in July, 2012 and in October 2012 for common assault.