A woman accused of plunging a kitchen knife into her husband's throat told a friend during a barbecue that she was going to kill him, a jury heard yesterday.
June Rowlands told Stafford Crown Court that Susan Lapsley had seemed angry, agitated and aggressive but not to a point where she had been concerned.
Mrs Rowlands said: "I saw her at a barbecue a couple of weeks later and she was screaming at me and said that she was going to stab him.
"She repeated that she was going to kill him and that she was going to stab him."
Lapsley (27) of Princess Road, Balsall Heath, and formerly of Matlock Drive, Chadsmoor, Cannock, Staffordshire, has pleaded not guilty to wounding her 55-year-old husband Norman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Nick Tatlow, prosecuting, said Mr Lapsley was stabbed in the throat with an eightinch kitchen knife which went through his larynx and damaged his vocal cords.
He said Susan Lapsley was not acting in self-defence when she allegedly attacked her husband of nearly three years.
Mr Lapsley said he was on the telephone talking to his daughter from a previous marriage when his wife stabbed him.
Mrs Rowlands said at the first barbecue everyone seemed to be having a nice time.
She added that two weeks later, at another barbecue, Mrs Lapsley "started shouting that she was going to kill him. She was very angry. I had not seen anything that made her like that.
"I left it for a couple of days then went to see her and suggested she went to see a doctor. I stood over her while she phoned for an appointment then I took her."
The trial continues.