Okanagan woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing sleeping husband

New information provided by investigators led to a second charge of attempted murder

Kelowna Law Courts

The Joe Rich woman who allegedly stabbed her 70-year-old husband  as he slept in their home is now being charged with attempted murder.

Christine Eve Haynes, 58, was already charged one count of aggravated assault for the April 18 attack on her husband, Kenneth Haynes.

On May 31, new information provided by investigators, led to a second charge of attempted murder, said a representative from the Criminal Justice Branch.  The matter was in court Tuesday for a procedural issue.

The Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a violent family disturbance   April 18  at 12:02 a.m., inside a home in the 4600 block of Highway 33 East.

“The victim, a 70-year-old Kelowna man, was alert when emergency crews arrived on scene. His level of consciousness deteriorated and he was rushed to hospital with serious, however believed to be non-life threatening injuries,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release, from the day after the violent incident.

“Five persons who were residing in the home at the time of the attack are being provided with RCMP Victim Services. They have been vacated from the residence, for the time being, to allow police to continue their investigation.”

Christine Haynes had been subdued by family members at the scene, was taken into police custody without further incident. She was then taken to hospital for a full medical assessment.