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Woman jailed for killing ex playing cards

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

A West Australian woman who was "grossly intoxicated" when she fatally stabbed her former partner during an argument about money while playing cards has been jailed for at least 12 years.

Jody Carolyn Gore, 44, stabbed Damion Jones, 39, at a home in the Nulleywah Aboriginal community in Kununurra in June last year.

Mr Jones lost the money Gore gave him to participate in the card game, then stole more cash from her, the WA Supreme Court heard on Thursday.

When she confronted him, Mr Jones - who was also drunk - punched Gore and they continued to fight.

During the scuffle, Gore stabbed Mr Jones in the chest with a 10cm knife, claiming she feared he was going to throw a rock at her.

But Justice Lindy Jenkins found that Gore lashed out twice with the knife towards the deceased.

"I am satisfied that on the third occasion you stabbed him in the chest and fatally wounded him," she said.

Justice Jenkins acknowledged Mr Jones provoked Gore, but said a reasonable sober person would have seen there were other ways to defend themselves.

She referred to a victim impact statement from the man's mother, Carol Jones, who said she felt great sadness at losing her son and missed him.

"She says that she is always wishing that he was still alive, and she cannot believe that he is gone," Justice Jenkins said.

The judge noted Gore's prior good record, adding she was satisfied it was unlikely Gore would be a threat to the community when released from jail.

But she also commented that general deterrence was an important factor.

"There is far too much drunken violence in the Kimberley," she said.

"Offenders must appreciate if they commit offences of this nature, they will receive significant sentences."

Gore was sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum of 12 years.

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