A WOMAN who threw punches at a dad-to-be shortly before he was killed in a separate attack has been spared jail.
Adele Jenkins lashed out at Steven Corbett when trouble broke out at a house in Town End Farm, in September last year.
Newcastle Crown Court heard shortly after the incident, Mr Corbett was beaten to death by Jenkins’ cousin, Keith Ramshaw.
The 27-year-old died days after he had told his delighted parents he was going to be a father.
Ramshaw, 30, of Bootle Street, Downhill, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after he admitted manslaughter.
At the same court Jenkins, 21, of Drury Lane, was given a 12-month community order with supervision and a four-month curfew. She previously admitted affray.
Judge John Milford said: “The upshot of it was that a fight broke out between your cousin Mr Ramshaw and Steven Corbett.
“You jumped in that fight when Corbett seemed to be getting the better of Mr Ramshaw, by punching him on a number of occasions.
“Sadly, slightly later in the evening, the violence re-erupted between Ramshaw and Steven Corbett and Steven Corbett lost his life.”
Paul Cross, defending, said Jenkins has never been in trouble before and has a young child to care for.