¿A WOMEN who slashed her "violent" partner saying it was self defence has walked free from Burnley Crown Court.
Deborah Slater, 47, had suffered years of domestic abuse- and months of it at the hands of her victim Michael Fisher. Slater was said to have stabbed Mr Fisher in blind panic after a drinking session and when she felt vulnerable, scared and alone, the court heard.
The hearing was told how the defendant would say in the past she had been strangled to the point of passing out by Mr Fisher and had been beaten up by him many times.
Slater, then of Ingham Street, Padiham, but recently of Railway Terrace, Great Harwood, had admitted wounding. She was given 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 150 hours unpaid work and nine months supervision.
Recorder Paul O'Brien told Slater the case was a serious matter and warned her if she committed any further offences or if she flouted the order she could face jail.
Silvia Dacre, prosecuting, told the court the victim and defendant lived together at Ingham Street, with a man named Les Hartley. All three were heavy drinkers,
On May 4, all had been drinking, had gone to another house and Mr Fisher was seen to punch Mr Hartley . The victim appeared to be trying to assault Slater. All three were asked to leave,
Miss Dacre said they returned to Ingham Street and a neighbour heard a row and the defendant screaming :"Stay away from me.I will do it." The neighbour heard the sound of breaking glass and the defendant saying :" I will slash you." She then heard a man she believed to be Mr Fisher groaning and saying he was bleeding.
Police and ambulance were called for and police found Slater still carrying a bottle of wine. Mr Fisher was clearly injured and bleeding but couldn't or wouldn't say the defendant had stabbed him. He was taken to hospital, where he was found to have an eight centimetre deep wound to his inner thigh. He needed three stitches.
The prosecutor said exactly what happened was unclear. Slater owned up on the basis she went too far in self defence. She had been heard to say to Mr Fisher :"I will stop you for the last time." She went on to say:"He deserved it, didn't he ?" and added :"He shouldn't have hit me then."
Miss Dacre added when charged the defendant told police she did not intend to cause Mr Fisher grievous bodily harm but she had wanted to save herself.
The prosecutor said although Mr Fisher had never been taken to court over strangulation claims the crown accepted Slater had suffered physical abuse at the hands of the victim.
Andrew Nuttall, defending, said Slater had suffered years of domestic abuse but only months of it at the hands of the victim. Mr Fisher knew Slater had been subjected to abuse before. Since the incident, police had sought to trace Mr Fisher, but had been unable to do so.