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A woman who stabbed her lover in the back when she caught him with his trousers down is to marry him - after being spared jail for the attack.
Candy Lyons is set to wed Robert Goldthorpe - despite plunging a carving knife into him when she caught him with his trousers down with her best friend Laura Plumtree.
Mr Goldthorpe always maintained he was not cheating on Lyons - but merely showing off an old gardening injury on his upper thigh caused by a hedge trimmer.
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Lyons, a 38-year-old mother-of-two with no previous convictions, was handed a suspended one year jail term after she admitted wounding.
Mr Goldthorpe, who was left on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood and needed nine stitches, said he was 'shocked by what happened'.
'It was not like Candy to do anything like that,' he said. 'I don't think this would ever happen again.
'I love Candy dearly and I want to marry her.'
Lyons' lawyer Martha Walsh had earlier told Lewes Crown Court the stabbing happened because her client was drunk and overreacted.
'Miss Lyons put two and two together and made five,' Ms Walsh told the court.
'To say she is horrified by what she did is a substantial understatement. She feels sincere and complete remorse.'
Lyons said she 'just went blank' when she attacked her husband-to-be.
'I heard the knife go in and I panicked and I ran.
'I had no idea what I had done. I didn't realise the severity of it until the police knocked on the door and then I was more scared when I saw the ambulance and thought "oh my god" I have really done some damage.
'Rob kept ringing me to check that I was alright and said he loved me.
'We weren't allowed to see each other for three-and-a-half months, it was like Romeo and Juliet, we still loved each other. I just love him to bits.'
She said they had a 'very strong relationship' despite everything they had been through together.
Lyons said Mr Goldthorpe proposed soon after she was released on bail.
'I had just come back here on bail, we sat here chatting and decided to get engaged and set a date of March 20, 2010 (a year after the attack). It's really something it's about time we did.'
The court was told that violence flared after the couple invited friends for a drink at their home in Crawley, West Sussex on March 8 this year.
After Lyons went to bed she said she heard strange 'noises' in the kitchen and went downstairs to investigate.
She was confronted with the sight of Mr Goldthorpe standing with one of her close friends while his trousers were wrapped around his ankles.
Suspecting the worst she picked up a carving knife and stabbed Mr Goldthorpe, the father of one of her children, in the back.
After her arrest Lyons was ordered to live apart from her lover while she was bailed to an address in Portsmouth, Hants.
But the pair agreed to forgive and forget and Mr Goldthorpe even wrote to the judge pleading for a softer sentence.
A family friend said: 'It might sound unbelievable after all that's happened but Candy and Rob really care for each other. All is forgiven.
'People say loves conquers all but this something else. A lot of blokes would have run a mile after their girl knifed them in the back - but Rob's decided to go up the aisle instead.'
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