Woman who stabbed boyfriend says 'yes' to his marriage proposal
A WOMAN who is facing years in jail for stabbing her boyfriend has agreed to marry him.
Tiffany Baillie called Gregory Todd from prison on Friday to accept his proposal.
Baillie is due to be sentenced this week after almost killing Mr Todd by stabbing him in the back as he slept.
She wept as Mr Todd's plans to propose if she was released were revealed by her barrister at Hull Crown Court on Thursday.
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Mr Todd said: "She called me on Friday and said 'yes', which is great.
"I could hear a lot of people cheering in the background when she was speaking to me."
Mr Todd bought a white gold and diamond engagement ring, believing Baillie would be given a suspended sentence when she appeared in court last week.
Instead, she was warned she could be facing up to 12 years in jail after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Mr Todd spent three months in hospital after Baillie, 32, plunged a 12in kitchen knife into his back as he slept at their flat in Trinity Court, Hessle.
He had emergency surgery to repair damage to his left kidney, pancreas and colon. Doctors said he would have died without it.
The court heard she stabbed Mr Todd, a chef at The Weir Bar in Hessle, after they argued on a night out on December 4 last year. Both had been drinking.
Mr Todd said his new fiancee had been struggling to cope with the anniversary of the death of her 10-week-old son, Lucas, and had recently suffered a miscarriage.
He said: "I know Tiff wouldn't do anything like this again. I would be quite happy to get in a bed with her and go to sleep.
"I know it is difficult for people to understand but I just want Tiff to come out and get the help she needs.
"She doesn't need to be in jail, it won't do her any good.
"I just want her to come out soon so we can plan our wedding and the rest of our lives."
The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, adjourned the case until Wednesday, saying he had a "difficult decision" to make about how to sentence Baillie.
Sentencing guidelines recommend a custodial sentence of between nine and 16 years, with a typical starting point of 12 years.
However, Judge Mettyear said he needs to take Mr Todd's views into account.
Mr Todd said: "I hope the judge is thinking about it. We are just waiting to see what happens on Wednesday now.
"Tiff is happy about our engagement but nervous about what might happen. I hope the judge sees that we are serious and that she will be coming home soon."