Nelson woman slashed partner with broken glass

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A DRUNKEN woman who slashed her partner with a piece of glass from a broken mirror and inflicted a deep wound has been spared jail.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Rachel Tovey left Bernard Tennant with a gash on his arm, with partially severed tendons visible. He had smashed the mirror. The defendant, who had a history of self harm, had threatened to cut herself and the victim had “invited” her to injure him instead.

Tovey, now a mum, said to have limitations and a “very low IQ”, had earlier admitted wounding. The defendant (38), of Maurice Street, Nelson, was given a two-year community order with supervision.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told her what she had done was serious enough to justify a prison sentence, but added: “I have formed the view yours is an unusual and exceptional case.”

Miss Sarah Statham (prosecuting), said last May 25th, the defendant and victim had been in a two-month relationship. They had been drinking.

Mr Tennant smashed a mirror and Tovey, who was upset, threatened to slash her own wrists. The victim invited her to cause injury to his arm instead and she did.

Miss Statham said the defendant took a piece of broken glass and slashed at Mr Tennant’s right forearm. She caused a deep gash. The victim started to bleed immediately and was in great pain. The ambulance crew reported the wound was almost to the bone.

Tovey was immediately arrested and after caution told police: “I did cut him with some glass, but he told me to do it.”

The hearing was told Mr Tennant was treated by medics and referred for plastic surgery. He would say he had dealt with the laceration himself, had “patched it up” and had no further problems.

Tovey had convictions, including an assault on another former partner when she kicked and punched him and caused extensive facial injuries. The probation service was concerned about her being violent to people she might be in a relationship with.

Mr Philip Holden, for Tovey, said: “If ever there was a case that was exceptional and unusual, surely this must be it.”

The barrister said Tovey had significant problems, but when she had received a community order in the past, she had not breached it.

Mr Holden said Tovey had a troubling past, so far as her record was concerned. But he continued: “It’s better that there is a multi-disciplinary approach to somebody, who has so many difficulties, than to send this defendant to immediate custody, with all the problems that would entail, both for her and the authorities.”