A MUM who was stabbed by her daughter during a drunken row said her attacker acted like she was ‘possessed by the devil’.
Carla Ball hit her mother, dragged her along the floor by her hair and stabbed her with an eight-inch knife at her mum’s Oswaldtwistle flat, a court heard.
When Mrs Ball eventually escaped, she ran to a nearby takeaway and told police officers: “Carla has stabbed me, she’s gone mad, I can’t believe it.”
Burnley Crown Court heard how Ball, 28, had been drinking cider with her mother and a friend at the victim’s home on Commercial Street when an argument broke out.
Prosecutor Lisa Worsley said Ball left the flat with her friend but when she returned, the victim claimed she was ‘acting like she was possessed by the devil’.
Ms Worlsey said Ball told her: “I’m going to take you hostage and kill you.”
Ball then forced her mother to sit on a chair in the kitchen, hit her several times and dragged her by her hair to the sofa, during the attack on June 25 last year.
Her mum begged to be allowed to leave the chair and go to the toilet, hoping to escape.
But Ms Worsley said Ball suddenly stabbed her mother with a blade as she sat on the sofa and the victim managed to escape the flat, the court heard.
When police officers arrived, they found the defendant had taken tablets and she was taken to hospital where she admitted to assaulting her mother but claimed she had been the instigator.
Ball, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Daniel Prouse, defending, said Ball struggles with drug and alcohol problems, but has made ‘startling progress’ while on remand, has the prospect of work upon release.
He said Ball tends to relapse when she regains contact with her mother.
He said: “When they get together and drink, invariably her relationship with everyone breaks down and they end up having enormous arguments.”
Judge Jonathan Gibson said drunkenness is at the root of Ball’s problems and sentenced her to 16 months imprisonment.”
He said: “It was a terrible incident.”