Drunk South Yorkshire woman stabbed partner

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A WOMAN who took to drink in a stormy relationship stabbed her partner in the back with a knife during a row.

The knife penetrated three to four inches but caused only muscle damage to Daniel Moss, a court heard.

His partner Joanne Clayton, 27, of Magna Lane, Dalton, Rotherham, narrowly escaped jail after she admitted unlawful wounding.

The couple, who are still together, had been in an on-off relationship for four years and there had been rows leading to violence, Bev Tait, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Moss returned home one evening last December to find Clayton drunk and in tears. He tried to calm her and began to clean the kitchen but she became verbally abusive. The couple rowed and she hit him with the butt of a knife. He then felt what he thought was a punch to his back and ‘something warm’. He realised he had been stabbed. Judith Seaborne, defending, said Clayton needed help with her drink problem. She had no previous convictions.

Recorder Tim Gittins said the matter would normally warrant jail, but told Clayton: “The way to address things is not taking to the bottle.”

She was given a 10-month jail term suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to attend an alcohol treatment programme and a women’s project.