Mansfield pensioner who stabbed his wife 30 times has sentencing adjourned

The Patchills
The Patchills

The sentencing of a Mansfield pensioner who repeatedly stabbed his wife which led to her losing an eye has been adjourned again for further reports to be prepared.

Morris Joseph Poismans (68) of The Patchills attacked his wife with a knife and scissors in October 2012 and has been on remand since.

He had stabbed her no fewer than 30 times during the frenzied attack and was initially charged with attempted murder, but that was downgraded to unlawful wounding, to which he pleaded guilty.

During a recent hearing, the court was told he suffered from vascular dementia and paranoia after suffering a stroke in April 2012.

Because of his condition, Home Office psychiatrists said they could not be certain he intended to kill or cause serious harm to his wife.

Sentencing of Poismans has already been delayed on several occasions while the court waited for medical reports.

During the latest hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said he needed to hear from experts involved in social care and public protection before passing sentence.

However, a date is yet to be fixed.