A Melksham man and woman have been convicted after a ‘serious and unprovoked’ knife attack on a woman who they knew.

The victim was stabbed in the back and injured on her hands and arms as she tried to protect herself during an attack on October 6.

A day before, on October 5, Kylie Taylor, 35 of Market Place, Melksham punched the woman in her 30s.

The following day, inside a Melksham flat, Taylor and Leigh Parham, 45, attacked the victim with a knife.

The attack happened in a flat on Parham’s street, High Street, with emergency services being called shortly after 3.15pm.

They caused injuries to her hands, arms and Parham stabbed her in the back. She was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The incident was reported to the police and Taylor and Parham were swiftly arrested the same day by officers, who subsequently located the knife used in the toilet in Parham’s flat.

Taylor pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill, and assault by beating.

Meanwhile, Parham was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent following a four-day trial at Salisbury Crown Court, which culminated on March 5. 

Crime Investigator Keith Harford said: “This was a serious, unprovoked assault with a knife on the victim who was known to Taylor and Parham, leaving her with injuries on her hands and arms after she tried to protect herself.

“Parham also stabbed the victim in the back.

“The defendants’ actions were disgraceful, and it is fortunate that the victim’s injuries were not a lot worse.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the victim for her bravery in the immediate aftermath of the incident and over the past few months in the lead up to the trial.

“Tackling violence remains a Force priority under Chief Constable Catherine Roper and we are determined to bring down the number of incidents involving weapons and bladed articles.”

Taylor and Parham have been remanded into custody and are due to be sentenced on May 27.