Wife and ex-lover jailed for text message plot to harm husband

Stephen Swallow - custody pic
Stephen Swallow - custody pic

A wife and her ex-lover have been jailed for plotting by text to harm her husband.

Katherine Poxon, 22, was jailed for 27 months after admitting conspiring with Stephen Swallow to commit grievous bodily harm on husband Steve Poxon.

Swallow admitted the same charge and was jailed for three years today (Friday).

Leeds Crown Court heard how Poxon, of South Avenue, Pontefract, was in an “unhappy marriage” and had an on-off affair with Swallow, 44 , of Post Office Road, Featherstone.

She later sent him a series of texts, including the lines “I hope you will kill” ...”then we can be happy “.

The court heard how Swallow was also seen in the street near his home with two knives, saying “I want to stab him”.

But a neighbour managed to calm down Swallow, who has mental health issues.

The ex-lovers were initially charged with conspiracy to murder but admitted a lesser charge.

Defence barrister Richard Clews, for Poxon, said: “She is an immature and a silly girl rather than a calculating criminal.”

The court heard how the Poxons now wanted to rebuild their lives and put this behind them.

Robin Frieze, for Swallow, said bar the knife in the street incident it was in most respects “a thought crime” and he was playing “lip service” to Poxon’s texts.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said the offences needed to be marked with immediate custody.

See this Thursday’s Pontefract and Castleford Express for more on this story.