Sunderland woman who burned nephew with hot oil is spared jail

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A WOMAN who threw hot cooking oil at her nephew during a row has been spared jail.

Ryan Graham, 18, spent two weeks in hospital with burns to his arms, chest and feet after the attack on October 19 last year.

At Newcastle Crown Court last week his 41-year-old aunt Serena Burrell pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: “He was discharged from hospital on November 4.

“He was detained for approximately a fortnight.

“By the time of his discharge the injuries had resolved.”

Burrell’s guilty plea to assault was entered on a specific basis.

Mr Doig said: “An argument started and during the course of this she accepts she momentarily lost control, throwing a pan in the direction of the complainant.

“Due to the state of her intoxication she did not forsee the likely consequences of the act, that he would be struck with the oil.”

Bob Spragg, defending, told the court that Burrell sought help with her problems after the incident.

Judge John Milford sentenced Burrell, of Ancona Street, Pallion, Sunderland, to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision.