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Six years jail for stabbing wife 17 times

AAP logoAAP 25/08/2016 Andrew Drummond

A Tasmanian man enraged by news of his wife's extramarital affair has been jailed for holding her captive in a car for hours and stabbing her repeatedly.

Dean Michael Rowe, 51 from Ulverstone, was on Thursday sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to assault and causing grievous bodily harm to his partner of almost 20 years, with whom he has five children.

Supreme Court justice Shan Tennent said the victim was lucky to survive the domestic violence incident in January during which she was stabbed 17 times

"She was very fortunate the stab wounds had not contacted with vital arteries and structures of the body," the judge said.

Rowe started stabbing his wife while she was behind the wheel but took over driving, taking the pair from the state's northwest to St Helens on the east coast and then south to Dunalley where a police pursuit ended with him losing control.

"You held her against her will for many hours," Justice Tennent said, noting evidence from the victim who thought she was going to die.

"She had been stabbed 17 times in various parts of her body but mainly on the left-hand side. She lost a lot of blood."

The attack has left the victim with visible scars.

Rowe must serve at least three years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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