Sunderland woman to spend Christmas in jail after stabbing her boyfriend during vodka binge

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A WOMAN wept as she was sentenced to Christmas behind bars after stabbing her boyfriend in an attack.

Victoria Scott plunged a knife into David Potts’ shoulder until the blade bent and left him needing surgery to a one-and-a-half inch wound.

The 27-year-old admitted unlawful wounding on the basis she struck out because she thought Mr Potts was about to hit her.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the couple’s 10 year relationship had been blighted with violence and police had been called out for trouble between the pair on 40 previous occasions.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “The majority of the incidents involve the complainant in this case being the aggressor.

“There are some occasions where this defendant is the aggressor.

“Alcohol is the major factor to the disruption within the relationship.”

The court heard on the night of the stabbing in October, the couple had downed a bottle of vodka between them at their Sunderland home, and were still drinking when an argument broke out.

Miss Dowling added: “She accepts this was excessive self defence.

“She thought he was going to hit her, but accepts that by stabbing him it was completely excessive.” Mr Potts needed exploratory surgery after the attack and stitches to his wound.

Judge Roger Thorn QC jailed Scott, of no fixed address, for eight months.

The judge said the case was “very sad” and added: “This was a stabbing when you were in drink.

“The risks of even more serious injury, and indeed death, are such that an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Nigel Barnes, defending, said Mr Potts has been writing “affectionate” letters to Scott after the attack.

Mr Barnes said Scott is willing to work on her drink problem and will accept the help offered to her in future.