Mum hit her lover with vase

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A woman who hit her ex-partner with a ceramic vase and a Christmas tree has narrowly escaped a jail term.

Christine Wilcox, aged 51, saw red when her 15-year-old daughter was left home alone, and lashed out at Lee Burgess, 51.

The vase smashed into pieces and he suffered a deep six-inch cut to his shoulder which needed to be stitched at hospital.

Wilcox, formerly of Burnaby Crescent, Langsett, Sheffield, admitted wounding.

But prosecutor Neil Coxon said the victim refused to make an official complaint when police arrived after Wilcox dialled 999 at 12.49am on January 12.

Wilcox told the operator: “I came in and hit him with a vase and a Christmas tree. I’m not going anywhere near him because I will kill him.”

Officers found Mr Burgess on the sofa bleeding from his left shoulder, with the vase in pieces on the floor.

Richard Jepson, defending Wilcox, said: “She has been in abject terror of these proceedings and is frightened at the prospect of a custodial sentence.”

Wilcox wept in the dock throughout.

It had been agreed between her and her ex-partner that her daughter would not be left alone in the house, and she was ‘filled with terror’ when it happened, the court heard.

“She had an overriding fear for the safety of her daughter,” said Mr Jepson.

Recorder Angus Withington gave her six months’ jail suspended for 12 months.

He said: “The injuries will have caused a great deal of pain and discomfort.”