A WOMAN has escaped jail after threatening to stab her ex-partner to death.
Laura Mulvaney made the threats against Christopher Wardle on the phone to the police.
The 24-year-old rang on April 4 in a “distressed state,” prosecutor Emma Atkinson told Newcastle Crown Court.
When officers arrived at Mulvaney’s house in Whitehall Terrace, Millfield, Sunderland, she was out.
They found her on nearby Henderson Road, but she ran off when she saw them.
After a chase Mulvaney surrendered and handed over a knife she had.
Mulvaney admitted she had taken drugs before making the threat, but claimed she could not remember what she said to police.
She pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and making a threat to kill.
Recorder Duncan Smith handed Mulvaney a 12-month community order with supervision.
He told her: “What you did was wrong and you have acknowledged that and you did it at the first opportunity.
“I have a degree of undertaking and sympathy for the plight you were in on that day.”
Mulvaney was also given a curfew of 8pm to 7am, to be electronically tagged.