Woman found guilty of manslaughter - Abingdon

22/04/2015

A woman has today, Wednesday, 22 April 2015, been convicted of manslaughter after a two-and-a-half week trial at Oxford Crown Court.

Natasha Elderfield, aged 41, of Bridge Street, Abingdon, was found guilty by unanimous jury of the manslaughter of Robert Dobinson, aged 33.

On 19 October 2014, at around 7.18pm, Elderfield called Thames Valley Police from her boat moored close to Bridge Street, Abingdon, saying she was having problems with her boyfriend, Robert Dobinson. The call operator described her as abusive and aggressive on the phone and, after about a minute, Elderfield ended the phone call.

At 7.36pm, police were called to Bridge Street, Abingdon after a member of the public reported he could hear a man stating that he had been stabbed.

Robert was found lying on the tow path towards Nags Head and on arrival police officers began CPR, but Robert later died in hospital.

Robert died from a single stab wound, which penetrated between 10 and 12 centimetres and penetrated the heart twice. He also had defence injuries including a stab wound to his palm.

Elderfield was arrested shortly afterwards and was charged with murder on 21 October 2014.  Today, she was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter.

Elderfield will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, 15 May 2015.