A JEALOUS and jilted woman who stabbed her partner with a knife while he was asleep has avoided jail.
Lucy Harman, aged 35, smashed her way back into the address she had been sharing with her partner following a heated argument about him seeing another woman.
Northampton Crown Court heard on Friday how the pair already had a volatile relationship when things finally boiled over.
Saoirse Townshend, prosecuting, said Harman broke the front door window after finding herself locked out.
And once she had discovered text messages on her partner’s phone suggesting he had been having an affair with another woman, she snapped.
The court was told there was a message on his mobile phone stating: “Come over. She’s gone now. I want to have sex.”
Harman later told police she took a 12-inch kitchen knife and stabbed her partner in the arm while he was still asleep.
However, Johnathan Spicer, mitigating, said she had not intended to stab him but used the knife only to prod him awake.
Harman, of Main Street, Weedon, pleaded guilty before magistrates to inflicting actual bodily harm.
They committed the case to the crown court for sentence where on Friday Judge Richard Bray spared her a prison term by passing a community order.
She will now be subject to an 18-month order and was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service.
Judge Bray also ordered her to attend 10 days of education, training and employment activities as well as undergo treatment for her problems with alcohol.
He said: “I have to sentence you for what, on the face of it, was a serious offence because you stabbed your partner in the arm with a knife and normally that would attract a prison sentence of some length.
“I do appreciate you have no previous convictions and the particular circumstances of this particular incident.
“What I am going to do in this exceptional case is to make a community order, but you must confirm with that order or you will be brought back to court.”