A MAN was stabbed when he tried to stop his girlfriend attacking his new car after she found out he had cheated on her.
Sunderland mum Kayleigh Stephenson threatened to damage Adam Lister’s “pride and joy” when she discovered he was a love rat.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard he blocked her way to protect his precious Nissan Note – and ended up with a two-inch wound to his shoulder.
Despite needing hospital treatment to have stitches to his injury and the couple splitting up, Mr Lister did not support the prosecution of his ex.
Stephenson, of Tazmin Road, Thorney Close, admitted unlawful wounding.
Recorder Robin Mairs sentenced her to a community order for 18 months, with probation service supervision and a six-month night-time curfew.
The judge said the sentence was an act of “mercy” to the 21-year-old.
He added: “Sometimes in life we get nasty and unpleasant shocks, but what we don’t do is pull out a kitchen knife.
“You were making your way to the car to damage it, and he got in the way and ended up with a puncture wound to his shoulder.
“It is fortunate in the extreme the injury was not more severe and you weren’t facing a more serious charge.”
Alec Burns, defending, said Stephenson has had no contact with Mr Lister since the split.
He added: “She had hoped to stab the tyres of his pride and joy, but he blocked her way from doing that.”
Prosecutor Simon Worthy told the court the trouble started on June 20, when Stephenson found out about Mr Lister’s sexual liasons with someone else.
Mr Worthy said: “She was upset and lashed out at Mr Lister, clawing at his neck and punching him around the face.
“That is before she went into the kitchen, shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’.
“She came out of the kitchen armed, carrying a knife with a blade which at that point was pointing towards the ground.
“However, she ran towards Mr Lister and stabbed him to the shoulder.”
During police interview Stephenson told investigators: “I can’t believe I’ve stabbed him, I was meant to get his car.”