Dad stabbed partner while kids slept upstairs

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A DAD was spared jail despite stabbing his partner twice while their three children slept upstairs.

When police arrived at the Wearside home of Alan McGill, they discovered his 41-year-old partner curled up in a ball on the floor, sobbing “he’s brayed me all over”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how McGill inflicted wounds including a stab injury to the woman’s back, another to her arm and heavy bruising to the right side of her face.

The court was told neither McGill, 34, or his partner could remember what had happened or how the injuries had been inflicted because they had drunk so much alcohol.

After his arrest on May 3, the former construction worker told police there had been an argument and his partner had attacked him, saying she was going to stab him with a fork.

The court heard McGill then claimed to kick out in self-defence. In interview, he denied having inflicted the stab wounds but later admitted a single charge of assault.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said it was still unclear what had caused the stab wounds, possibly a knife or similar object.

Defending McGill, Shaun Routledge claimed the couple’s relationship had deteriorated significantly over the past 12 months due to family pressures.

He added: “What happened appears to be set against a background of a great deal of strain on both sides.”

Sentencing McGill, of Morley Terrace, Fence Houses, to a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, Judge Evans said: “The precise circumstances of what happened are not clear as both you and your former partner had far too much to drink.

“However, it appears there has been a violent argument between the two of you in which some sort of implement has been used to inflict these injuries. Fortunately, these were relatively superficial.

“But you must have also hit her face a number of times which, in itself, is inexcusable.”

McGill was also sentenced to a supervision order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.