A WOMAN has admitted wounding with intent arising from the stabbing of a man in his own home, last autumn.

Kirsty Chantelle Gibson, 21, is said to have inflicted the single stab wound just above the left armpit of her victim, at his home in Grey Street, Bishop Auckland, on October 26.

She subsequently admitted unlawful wounding but denied the more serious charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The case was adjourned for a trial at the court this week, but, on her return, Gibson’s counsel, Robert Mochrie, asked for the charge to be put again.

She, this time, pleaded guilty, averting the need for a trial.

Mr Mochrie said despite sentencing guidelines, which indicate a custodial sentence of some length for such an assault, he would be trying to persuade the sentencing judge to adopt an exceptional course in this case.

He requested an adjournment for an update to a previous psychiatric report prepared following Gibson’s convictions for assault, earlier last year.

Judge Christopher Prince agreed to the adjournment.

But, he remanded Gibson, of James Street, Bishop Auckland, in custody, pending the sentencing hearing, on April 24.