January 11, 2021 3.39 pm This story is over 40 months old

Woman avoids jail for stabbing partner in drunken outburst

She was assaulted before stabbing him

A Horncastle woman who stabbed her partner after being assaulted by him has been spared jail at Lincoln Crown Court.

Julie Wood attacked Richard Chamberlain after he assaulted her, the court was told. Wood then went to the home of a neighbour to seek help.

Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said: “Miss Wood went to her neighbour’s address; she was extremely distressed and in her dressing gown.

“She said she had stabbed her partner after he assaulted her. She was very drunk and holding a bottle of vodka.

“Her mouth was bleeding and she complained of pain to her side. Her neighbour called the police.

“Miss Wood went on to say that she had stabbed him because she was fed up with him assaulting her.

“The police went to Mr Chamberlain’s address. He claimed he had to defend himself after she went for him with a knife. The investigation revealed that it was a volatile relationship.”

Miss Rose said that Mr Chamberlain suffered a minor injury which she described as a scratch. He did not give a statement to police about the incident.

Wood, 49, of Waring Street, Horncastle, admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm as a result of the incident on August 28, 2020.

She was given a 12-month community order with up to 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

David Eager, in mitigation, said that Wood had no previous convictions and urged that she should not be sent to prison.