Patricia had left her partner a number of times, but he always followed her and found her. On the night that she stabbed him, he had tried to throttle her at least twice. She had tried to leave but came back for the sake of the children. Her 16-year-old son tried to get her partner out of the house. He had his hands around her son's throat when she stabbed him once.
Justice for Women worked with Patricia’s solicitor and recommended an experienced barrister. Patricia was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter, for which she was sentenced to three and a half years' imprisonment. The sentence was reduced to two years on appeal. The appeal court judges took into account the violence she had been subjected to throughout the relationship.