A WOMAN was left bruised and bleeding after a brutal hammer attack.
The shocking incident happened at the hands of her partner.
Victim Lisa Maxwell suffered cuts and swellings to her head.
She also had bruises to her legs, feet and torso.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Miss Maxwell had attacked 40-year-old Mark Dees first with the weapon.
It happened after a drunken argument at his home.
Dees then took the weapon from her and retaliated with brute force.
Prosecutor Paul Currer told the court: “He struck her on the back of the head and she reacted by screaming at him to stop.
“She pulled her arms up in an attempt to prevent further attack and protect herself.
“He also struck her on the legs, causing her to fall to the floor.
“He struck her to the back of the head, causing lacerations and bleeding.
“The incident was not long-lived.”
Dees, of Collingwood Court, Washington, was arrested.
When interviewed about the incident he told police: “She attacked me and I might have lost my rag a bit.”
He pleaded guilty to assault.
The court heard Dees has spent the equivalent of a 12 month prison sentence behind bars on remand.
Judge John Evans said in the circumstances of this “unusual case” a community order for two years with supervision and domestic violence programme requirement was the appropriate sentence.
The judge told Dees: “Rather than simply send you back to custody now, much more is to be achieved by placing you on a community order.”
Judge Evans also made a restraining order which bans Dees from having contact with Miss Maxwell for the next 12 months.