A couple got matching tattoos saying ‘forever’ before the wife stabbed her husband 22 times in a jealous frenzy at home.
Joanne and Kevin Singleton, from North Lincolnshire, seemed like they had everything they wanted, portrayed an image of being head over heels in love and weren’t shy in declaring their affections on social media.
The couple would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in May and seemed destined to grow old together.
They had even got matching tattoos saying ‘forever’ – but their perfect love story was torn apart as Joanne became convinced her husband was cheating on her, Grimsby Live reports.
In September, the 49-year-old stabbed Kevin 22 times in their family home in Althorpe after claiming she was “being taken for a mug” – but a court heard he said he still loves her and forgives her.
Joanne has now been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Joanne claimed to police: “I didn’t want to kill him, I just wanted to hurt him. I could have killed him.”
Kevin spent weeks in hospital afterwards and took months to recover from the injuries he suffered.
He declined to speak to Scunthorpe Live for this story, saying what happened was ‘too personal’ to speak about.
Yet their love story may not be over, as he told the court that he forgives his wife for the jealous rage that nearly killed him.
“We have been together for 25 years. I thought she was the one I was going to spend my life with,” Kevin said during her trial.
“There is an element of forgiveness because of that [how long we’ve been together] because I love her.
“I can’t forget that day but on balance I forgive her.”
Before the attack, their social media accounts showed off their matching tattoos on their forearms reading ‘FOREVER’, along with personalised pictures saying “Kevin and Joanne – Together forever”.
They were open in their affection for each other, with Joanne often commenting “I love you” to her partner.
In one snap as they recreate the famous scene from Titanic with Kevin holding Joanne, she wrote: “Waited for him to rescue me, and he did. I love my husband Kevin FOREVER.”
Kevin was equally devoted as he replied: “Looking forward to the next 20 years together and the next and the next and the next, forever and ever.”
A mutual friend commented: “Kev will always rescue you, he’s your knight in shining armour.”
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Joanne has also posted statuses encouraging people to ‘Stay safe, stay at home’ – sadly, the very place she nearly killed her husband.
Their profiles are filled with pictures of their shared love for the former Hull Stingrays ice hockey club, and pictures of their young grandchildren.
The couple had arrived in Althorpe just a few months before Joanne tragically attacked her husband on September 7.
Neighbours say they didn’t know them well, with the family mostly keeping to themselves.
One of Joanne’s daughters described how loving and caring she was in a letter to Judge John Thackray QC.
Their son Fox, who hid knives after the stabbing, was handed a sentence of eight months suspended for two years for two counts of assisting an offender.
The court heard he did so to protect his mother.
Joanne hopes that the couple can be together again despite the brutal attack, the court was told during her trial.