Mansfield husband appears in court accused of stabbing wife

The Patchills
The Patchills

A MANSFIELD man has appeared in court after being charged with the attempted murder of his wife at their bungalow.

Maurice Joseph Poismans, of The Patchills, was brought before Mansfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning.

Held in custody, the 68-year-old was led into the dock by a prison officer and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

His solicitor, Matthew Green, said there would be no application for bail.

Police had been called to Mr Poismans’ home address, which is close to Abbey Primary School playing fields and is on a warden-controlled estate, on Sunday morning shortly before 9am following a report that a woman had been found with stab wounds.

Sixty-seven-year-old Margaret Poismans was found later by wardens from the Patchills Centre and taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where her condition is described as ‘stable’.

Mr Poismans was arrested and questioned as police cordoned off the bungalow for teams

of officers combed the bungalow.

A woman at the nearby Patchills Centre said the couple had been ‘very good friends of the centre’.

She added: “Everybody is shocked, it’s usually such a quiet area and a close-knit community.”

A neighbour of the couple, who did not want to be named, described the incident as ‘very upsetting’.

She said: “It’s such a shame to hear this. When you see that many police about it makes you wonder what has happened.”

Poismans is now due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 11th December.