A 69-year-old woman who stabbed her husband while drunk has escaped imprisonment after he pleaded for her to keep her liberty.
Maureen Handy, 69, admitted the attack on her husband John at their home in Walsingham Drive, Corby Glen, but was given a suspended jail sentence when she appeared before Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.
Mr Handy, then 70, escaped serious injury despite being stabbed on November 8 last year. His wife had been drinking at the time.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC, passing sentence, told Maureen Handy: “It just goes to demonstrate that drink and good behaviour do not necessarily go hand in hand.
“You could have caused very serious injury but I don’t have to sentence you for what might have happened.
“You should be grateful to your husband. He still thinks enough about you not to want you to go to prison.
“One of the things you have to accept is that you have a problem with drink.
“You have to be punished for what you did but I’m not going to send you to prison. You are 69 years of age and the thought is simply repellent.
“I don’t think the public needs protecting from you. On the contrary, you need protecting from yourself.”
Maureen Handy, who is currently living at Cheveley Park, Grantham, admitted unlawful wounding. She was given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years with two years’ supervision. She was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.