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Woman admits fatal stabbing but denies murder

A WOMAN has admitted fatally stabbing Todmorden man Matthew Daniel Wood.

Candice Marie Gill (22), of Roomfield Street, Todmorden, denies murdering the 33-year-old but pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to his manslaughter.

The offence occurred at a house in Roomfield Street on September 2 after an argument between the pair in which Mr Wood – known locally as Woody, allegedly assaulted Gill, the court was told.

Michelle Colborne, prosecuting, said: “An 11-year-old girl entered the flat and ran out again saying Gill was being attacked.”

She told the court Gill had defensive wounds but said she delivered the fatal stab wound to Mr Wood, who died after he was admitted to Calderdale Royal Hospital in the early hours.

Gill, who was jointly charged with Mr Wood for an offence of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Lucy Glynn between January 3 and January 6 last year, has also pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.

The court heard she had one previous caution for being drunk and disorderly.

Sentencing was adjourned until March 17 for the preparation of reports.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, told Gill the Probation Service had to investigate whether she was a risk to the public.

“You will also be seen by a psychiatrist who will produce a report for the court on that issue.”

Gill was remanded in custody.

After the stabbing neighbours in the close-knit community spoke of their shock.

Mr Wood was well-known in Todmorden and tributes to him were posted on a community website.

At his funeral in St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, the white coffin was covered in messages signed by friends.

Vicar of Todmorden, Canon Peter Calvert described Mr Wood as “generous spirited, with so much to give”.

He said: “We have been stunned by what has happened in this town in the past few weeks and this family is suffering tremendous sadness.”