Sheffield woman jailed for seven years after brutally slashing victim’s face with penknife

Written by Sam Gilder

A Sheffield woman who slashed another woman’s face with a penknife and left her with an eight-inch gash has been jailed for seven years.

Emma Capper, 37, forced her way into a flat on Victoria Street at around 9pm on 9 December 2020, knowing her victim was inside visiting friends.

Detective Constable Helen Critchley, said: “Capper knew her victim was at the address that day when she barged her way in and launched a brutal assault. Hitting her victim in the face and slashing her with a penknife and leaving a huge wound on the side of her head.”

Police said the victim’s friends watched on horrified, then alerted the building’s security guard and called an ambulance.

Capper was then identified through CCTV footage and arrested several days later.

DC Critchley added: “Capper was known to her victim through mutual friends, but there was no apparent catalyst for the attack that night. In police interviews, Capper accused her victim of stealing her phone and claimed that her victim had started the fight.

“Evidence from witnesses and our enquiries did not support these claims and Capper was charged with wounding with intent and remanded into custody.”

Capper listed her address as Standrop Lodge Hotel, Sheffield, and pleaded guilty to the charges on 13 January 2021. She was sentenced to seven years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, 5 March 2021.

DC Critchley said: “Capper is a violent and nasty individual who left her victim with significant facial injuries that night. I hope that this substantial custodial sentence is reassuring to the victim and the wider community.”


Written by Sam Gilder

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