A WOMAN stabbed her violent boyfriend as she tried to defend herself from his latest attack.
Louise Hindmarch had suffered years of domestic abuse at the hands of Brian Devonport when she plunged a knife into him three times, a court was told.
Newcastle Crown Court heard one of the wounds cut into vital veins and arteries and led to Devonport needing a four-hour operation and having half his blood replaced during transfusion.
A judge told Hindmarch she was lucky the knife attack did not kill but spared her from going to jail after hearing Devonport did not want her locked up.
Mr Recorder Singh told the 35-year-old mum: “You are extremely fortunate there was not a fatality caused on that particular day.
“The complainant is someone who has not supported the crown’s case and has provided a letter to me indicating he himself does not wish to see you going into custody. That was a persuasive letter on his behalf, he is the one who suffered this serious injury.”
The judge sentenced Hindmarch to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 18 months’ supervision and a four month curfew.
He added; “This was excessive self defence.
“You were the subject of an attack and your guilty plea is on the basis you were defending yourself and went over the top.”
Hindmarch, of Thornton Court, Washington, admitted unlawful wounding, but told the Echo: “I’m pleased with the sentencing. I didn’t deserve to go to jail.”
The attack happened on July 12 at a house where an argument had broken out between the then couple, which led to Devenport lashing out in the kitchen.
Prosecutor Tim Gittens told the court: “The defendant was punched to the body and held by a choke hold around the neck.
“She was pushed against the draining board and, aware she would be beaten again, she grabbed the knife that came to hand and struck out with it.”
The court heard Hindmarch caused three wounds to Devonport’s arm, one of which was serious and may still require further surgery.
Mr Gittens told the court Devonport wrote a letter to the judge, calling Hindmarch a “brilliant mother” and saying he did not wish for her to go to prison over what she had done.
Mr Gittens said: “It is relatively unusual circumstances.”
He said the former couple’s long relationship was blighted with violence.
He said: “The defendant had been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the injured party, Brian Devonport, on numerous occasions over a period of about four and a half years.
“The police had regularly attended.”
The court heard Devonport is now in jail for unrelated matters.
Julian Smith, defending Hindmarch, said: “This was excessive self defence, I would submit.
“There is a degree of provocation if you consider the background.”