A WOMAN snapped amid a parking row with an ex-partner and stabbed him with some form of sharp weapon in the buttock, a court heard.

The victim only realised he was injured was when Deborah Parkin told him she had stabbed him, in Derwent Street, Blackhill, Consett, shortly before 7pm on Friday October 16.

Durham Crown Court heard she did then assist the injured man to stem the flow of blood.

He was then driven by a friend to nearby Shotley Bridge Hospital for examination and cleansing of the single 1cm puncture wound, which extended about 3cm deep, in his left buttock.

Anthony Dunne, prosecuting, said the following day he received further treatment at hospital in Durham.

Despite her admission at the scene, Parkin denied responsibility for the stabbing when interviewed by police.

Mr Dunne told the court that in his impact statement, the victim said since the incident it has been constantly on his mind and he did not feel safe.

He has since suffered depression and had sleepless nights, while he was worried about the company Parkin was keeping.

Mr Dunne said the victim was in favour of a prosecution application for a restraining order.

Bryan Mark, for Parkin, said the only concern about such an order was that the defendant lives only about half-a-mile from the victim.

Parkin, 54, of Chaytor Road, Bridgehill, Consett, initially denied wounding with intent, but her guilty plea to unlawful wounding has since been accepted by the prosecution.

The court heard she has previous offences of being drunk and disorderly on her record, plus a caution for common assault.

Judge Ray Singh agreed to a five-year restraining order but said she must not go within 100 metres of where the victim lives.

He imposed a ten-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, during which Parkin must attend 20 probation-run rehabilitation activity days, with an alcohol treatment requirement.

She must also observe a 28-day 6pm to 6am home curfew.

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