Detective speaks of ‘disturbing’ case in which Mansfield pensioner stabbed wife in the eye

The Patchills
The Patchills

A detective in the ‘disturbing’ Mansfield case in which a mentally-ill pensioner stabbed his wife in the eye with a pair of scissors has spoken out.

Maurice ‘Joe’ Poismans was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty of causing grievous bodily harm at a previous hearing.

The 69-year-old attacked his, now, 67-year-old wife at their warden-aided home in The Patchills on Sunday 25th November, 2012.

He has been on remand ever since, and was given a 44-month sentence on Friday, meaning he was released having already served the mandatory half of the sentence.

But as part of his release, he is to remain indefinitely at a care home which specialise in dementia.

Det Constable Steve Dunn said: “Joe had not been the same since he suffered a stroke earlier that year. He had become increasingly paranoid and it seems on this particular morning his wife bore the brunt of this behaviour.

“To be attacked so brutally in your own home by the person you have shared a massive part of your life with must have been so disturbing and so terrifying.

“But Mrs Poismans is a tough character.

“She has shown great courage in the face of such life-changing circumstances and has come out of this a stronger, more determined individual who is getting on with her life.”

It transpired that Joe had stabbed his wife Margaret in the face, head, hands, back and buttocks. He used a pair of scissors, a paring knife and a bread knife.

Mrs Poismans was rushed to hospital and her husband was arrested.

She was treated for a total of 31 knife injuries, 17 of which were defensive wounds to the hands and arms. Other significant injures were to her face and neck.

Mrs Poismans has been left with a constant reminder of that morning.

Along with the scars, she lost her right eye in the attack and now wears a prosthetic.