A young woman has stabbed her own boyfriend in his face but escaped being sent to prison and the reason will surprise you.
Stephanie Roberts, a 20-year-old girl who slashed her boyfriend in the face and threatened to kill him with a knife has been spared jail after a court heard she was “charming”.
According to Daily Star UK, the young woman knifed her lover Ravi Benitez, 19, with a seven-inch kitchen knife when she visited him at Warwick University.
She had taken anti-psychotic drug Xanax before going out drinking with him and his friends last year on November 24.
Roberts then attacked Mr Benitez with the blade after they arrived back his flat and threatened to kill him.
A security guard managed to wrestle the knife away from her after she had slashed his face and hand.
The judge heard she was “an intelligent young woman of integrity and charm” when she appeared at Warwick Crown Court.
She was spared jailed and handed a two-year suspended sentence for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The court heard witnesses described Roberts of going “crazy” after she downed booze and drugs with Mr Benitez and his friends.
Roberts was in “a high emotional state,” and wanted to call her father, but her phone was not working, so Mr Benitez gave her his phone.
As she called her father, asking him to come and pick her up, she armed herself with a large red-handled kitchen knife and began to kick and slash at Mr Benitez’s door.
The court heard Roberts pointed the knife at Mr Benitez before telling him: “I’d rather kill the person who’s f****ed me up the most – you. I know perfectly well what I’m doing.”
She then called her father, telling him: “You need to get me before I kill him, you need to get me right now.”
A security guard was recorded on his bodycam asking Roberts to drop the knife, telling her: “You’ll make it a hell of a lot worse.”
Roberts said to her father: “I’m not putting anything down until you come and get me. Come and get me right now. I will kill Ravi, OK?”
Roberts then lunged at Mr Benitez slashing his face and to his hand, telling him: “You liar, you liar. You lied to me, you liar.”
She then changed her grip to what Prosecutor Steven Bailey described as “the classic stabbing grip”, and lunged across the bed at Mr Benitez.
Security officers then rushed forward and managed to overpower her, wresting the knife from her.
Mr Benitez suffered deep stab wounds to his cheek and index finger, and a cut to his nose.
Adam Western, defending, said: “She had been subject to controlling behaviour and isolated from her friends.
“She says he manipulated her entirely. She is described as an intelligent young woman of integrity and charm.”
The judge described their relationship as “toxic” and featured him providing her with the tranquilliser Xanax “on a regular basis”.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: “It was a very, very dangerous way to behave, because if you take out a knife when you are distressed and angry and have had a lot to drink, you can cause very serious injuries indeed.
“Both he and you are very fortunate you did not do so on this occasion.
“But I have read a great deal about you, and both the prosecution and the defence accept I must sentence you according to your basis of plea which makes clear you had for some time been the victim of a mentally abusive relationship.
“Your circumstances had pushed you to the limit, and the combination of drink and drugs that had been supplied to you by him that night were sufficient to push you over the edge.”
Roberts was given a two-year suspended sentence, a rehabilitation activity and a restraining order banning her from having any contact with Mr Benitez.
Popular Nigerian DJ, Switch, has opened up on what happened in Lekki on Tuesday night.
Known as Obianuju Catherine Udeh, Switch said she counted 15 dead bodies during the shoot-out.
In a video she posted on her Instagram page, Switch asked the authorities not to insult the intelligence of Nigerians when giving their own account of what happened on that day.
According to her, the military aimed at endsars protesters as they fired gunshots. She also said that SARS officers came in after the military had left and also attacked them.
According to Switch she and others present counted over 15 bodies.
‘‘I just want to clear a few things that I have been seeing online. To our leaders, I urge you please do not minimize the suffering of families. Do not insult the grief of Nigerians, do not insult the intelligence of Nigerians. Do not insult the pains the families are facing.
People were falling left and right. Yes there were soldiers there. Another part that people are not talking about is that the police also came. The SARS people we are talking about, they also came, some maybe 40-45 minutes after the soldiers left.
We were teargassed. The teargass was like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. We were running. We would run and we would come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor and we would raise or hands up, raising our flags and singing the national anthem. That was all we had.
They put off the lights. Even if there was no power in that axis, there was always light at the tollgate. There was no lights. The street lights were off. It was pitch black.” she said
Speaking further, she said
”A boy jumped on me and was shouting cover her, cover her. I didn’t even understand why he did that. They shot that boy on my back. I fell and while the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around and picking their shells too because we wanted proof.”
She showed photos of bullet shells picked from the ground. She showed the one that was fired close to her ears and the one that was removed from someone’s lap.
The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and their SARS like people came doing the same thing, aiming and shooting. They were pointing the gun at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest?
To our leaders, I urge you to please not insult the intelligence of Nigerians and the families.”
DJ Switch expressed regrets that she and others allowed the military to take the bodies of the deceased persons.
”Something I think of in hindsight I wish we hadn’t done it but we carried dead bodies and dropped at the feet of the soldiers so that they could see what they did to us. When I asked their unit commander why are you killing us? I wish we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies in their van. This was up until the next morning.” she said
She dissociated herself from the social media accounts claiming she said 78 persons died. She said she and others counted 15 dead bodies.
”I never said 78 people died. What I do know is that when I was doing the live, 7 people had died. When my phone died, we had counted about 15 people. I don’t know if it was more than that. We had a lot of people stray bullet wound, gunshot wounds, and all that.
People did die. It wasn’t photoshopped. I must be a tech genius to photoshop a live feed.” she said
She dismissed reports that her cousin died in the incident.
Thanking everyone for their prayers and support, DJ Switch said
”We must continue to move. We must continue. If we stop I fear it will probably be the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue peacefully. I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and peoples livelihood. ”
Popular music entertainer, Burna Boy has stated that if the recent end SARS protest by Nigerian youths doesn’t yield any positive result, then the future holds nothing for the teeming youths in the country.
The ‘On the low’ crooner stated this in an interview with foreign media, Sky News.
The interview comes two weeks after protests began, sparked by a video showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).
Burna Boy, who spoke to Sky News from London, said: “It is shocking when you see it happen in that place, in such a place, that was the landmark of everything.
“The Lekki Toll Gate, that was the most peaceful place to protest, the most peaceful venue in the whole country and then that is the place where [the shootings] happen. It is not something that you can just wrap your head around.”
The best-selling Afrobeats artist, who has mixed rap, funk and dancehall influences on international hits like On The Low and Ye, said nationwide protests against SARS have changed the nature of politics in his homeland.
“This is the most important moment in Nigeria’s history… that is what we are witnessing right now because if nothing changes after this, if this doesn’t work, then it is over.”
When asked what he meant by this, he replied: “Look at what is going on right now: the youth have come together, like something unexplainable (sic), something that no one man could have possibly organised or led, the youth of the largest black nation in the world came together, said enough is enough and this was triggered by police brutality.
“It’s not like it was triggered by all the other things that it should have been triggered by all these years.”