The family of a dad killed by his partner say she ‘got off lightly as she’s a woman’.
Craig Morse was killed by Tonia Crabtree, 29, who plunged a blade through his heart.
The 33-year-old told Tonia he loved her as he passed away at their flat in Langley Mill, Derbys., in the early hours of April 3.
Crabtree stabbed her boyfriend to death with a kitchen knife following a drunken argument.
She has been jailed for less than five years.
A court heard almost the entire length of the blade went into her boyfriend’s chest after he tried to grab the knife from her during a booze-fuelled row.
The dad-of-four was pronounced dead at the scene.
Craig Morse’s dad has described Crabtree as an ‘evil domestic abuser’ who played the court to ‘get off’ with a lighter sentence for stabbing her boyfriend in the heart.
They say she should have been locked up for life instead of four years and nine months, reports StokeonTrent Live.
The victim’s heartbroken dad Dillwyn Morse said: “Lots of people tried to warn him off. We just don’t know what he saw in her. I think he thought he could help her. He died trying to stop her hurting herself. That’s the type of person he was.
“It suited her story to say he was an abuser. I believe he was scared of her. He would cover for her. It was classic domestic abuse.
Dillwyn, aged 56, from Leek, said: “The sentencing meant everything to us. We thought she’d get life for murder not be out in a few years for manslaughter. We thought that the judge was going to hammer her.
“We hoped it would bring closure but we can’t carry on with our lives knowing we’ve let Craig down. I promised my son when we buried him that we would get justice but we’ve failed.
“We are devastated, it was like the funeral all over again. I’m in pieces.
“We were told she would get seven or eight years. It’s just an insult. Is that all my son is worth? We can’t believe it.
“I have had to tell my four little grandchildren that ‘daddy’s been hurt so badly that he won’t be coming home’. It was so, so difficult. How is this justice?
“She’ll be out on the streets again in a year or so and God forbid she ever does it again. I’m frightened that another family will have to go through what we have. She’s pure evil. My hatred for her is all consuming.
“It’s cut the heart out of our family. Our souls have been destroyed. I don’t know how I’m going to pick up the shattered pieces of my family. We have been let down immensely. It’s unforgiveable.
“It’s going to take years for us to recover. We are looking at if there’s a way of challenging the sentence.”
Dad-of-seven Dillywn said it was typical that his eldest son was trying to help Tonia when he was fatally wounded.
“She’s tried to make out it was some Romeo and Juliet scene but she’s a cold-blooded killer. She went and stabbed him straight in the heart. The blade went 9cm in.
“It was just crocodile tears in court. There was no remorse. She wouldn’t even look at us. She’s admitted killing him but will be back on the streets before long.
“The court has been lenient but I don’t believe God will be when her time comes. She will be going straight to hell.”
Craig, who was born partially deaf, had a troubled past, his dad admits.
But he e insists his son had got his life back on track in the last few years and had a new job as a sub-contractor.
He added: “He did struggle at school and he was easily led. He was too trusting in many ways and couldn’t see danger.
“Yes, he’s been in trouble but he had sorted out his life.
“My son has been painted out to be something he isn’t. He was a loving, kind and hard-working person.
“It was never him causing the problems. He’d never be violent except in self-defence. He hated fighting.
“Not one good thing was said about him in court. They’ve destroyed the lad’s character. He would have done anything for anybody. He’d give his last £1 to a beggar.
“I’ve found out so much more since he died. I’ve had 3,500 messages from people saying what a good lad he was and how he helped them.
“He didn’t care if he didn’t have no money so long as he had his children. He was a beautiful soul.
“He’d go into a pub in Hanley with no money but someone would soon buy him a drink because he was that well-liked. He was a cheeky chappy.
“Because he was deaf, he spoke with such a loud voice, you always knew when Craig was in the room.
“My last memory is going out for a meal with him in Newcastle with the kids. He was so happy. He gave me a big hug and then I haven’t seen him since. Little did I know that I would have to identify him through a photo because of covid.
“My 15-month-old only ever got to meet his brother once and that hurts me so much.
“I was a dad of seven but now I’m a dad of six because of that evil woman. He had so much more to give. She hasn’t even said sorry for what she’s done. She has no decency.
“Because she’s a woman she’s got away with it. She played the victim.”