Sunderland woman stabbed former friend after cash row

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A WOMAN stabbed her former friend after a row over money, a court was told.

Sarah Forster lunged at Paul Powell with a kitchen knife, and caused an injury to his arm.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the trouble started when Mr Powell turned up at Miss Forster’s Sunderland flat, on May 6.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: “He went to her flat and she was in bed.

“A dispute went on about money. She got out of her bed and ran to the kitchen.

“She had a kitchen knife and she lunged at Mr Powell. She caused minor injuries.”

Mr Wardlaw said it was unclear if Mr Powell had sought medical treatment after the attack.

Forster, of Ryhope Street South, admitted assault.

Mr Recorder Miller sentenced the 38-year-old to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision and programme requirements.

The judge told Forster, who has previous convictions involving violence against Mr Powell: “Drinking has played a major part in what was a serious assault.

“You stabbed the complainant with a kitchen knife.

“Happily, no lasting damage was done.”

Nigel Barnes, defending, said there is a “two-way history” of violence between Forster and Mr Powell.

Mr Barnes said Forster had been “asleep and drunk” when Mr Powell went into the flat.

He added: “There was an element of self-defence which went way beyond what it should have done.”

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