AN INCIDENT in which a man was stabbed in the arm with a screwdriver has left him feeling angry – not towards his attacker, but over the fact that she was prosecuted for it.
Even though Louise Brown had already damaged his car before lashing out at him, her victim had not made a formal complaint against her, a judge has heard.
He is said to be angry with the prosecution for charging her as it has affected their ‘relationship’.
But officers could see the puncture wound to his arm, and Brown, 43, of Kingsland Avenue, Earlsdon, Coventry, was charged and pleaded guilty to assault and possessing an offensive weapon.
And at Warwick Crown Court she was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity for 30 days.
Prosecutor Patrick Sullivan said that in June one of Brown’s neighbours heard a disturbance in the street at about 5pm, and looked out to see Brown, her son and the victim arguing.
Brown, who had a screwdriver in one hand and a brick in the other, called the victim a ‘dirty tramp,’ and her son told her: “He’s leaving.”
She then went over to the victim’s car and hit one of the windows with the brick, not hard enough to break it, before stabbing one of the tyres with the screwdriver.
The victim had gone back inside the house, and when he came back out carrying two bags, he saw his car had been damaged.
He was followed to the car by Brown who told him: “I want my house key, I’ve got your car key.”
She then threw the brick she was still holding at the car, hitting the wing, and when the victim said something, her son ran over and began to assault him.
“The defendant moved forward and used the screwdriver in a stabbing motion more than once towards him,” said Mr Sullivan.
The victim’s cry of pain was heard by the neighbour as Brown stabbed him with the screwdriver, telling him: “Don’t you attack my son.”
When the police arrived they could see a puncture wound to his arm, and Brown, who was ‘in drink’ was arrested at her home.
As she was being booked in at the police station, she claimed he had been a trespasser, but accepted she had assaulted him, although she made no comment when she was then interviewed.
Mr Sullivan said there was no victim impact statement, so he had spoken to the victim before the hearing.
“He said he doesn’t have any impact at all. He didn’t want any charges to be pressed, and doesn’t want her to be sentenced in any severe fashion, or at all.
“He said the wound was superficial, and it has had no psychological effect. He’s angry with the prosecution for bringing the case, because he says it has affected their relationship.”
And Recorder Roger Evans commented: “The victim seems to be quite robust about it.”
Christopher Jones, defending, said: “The victim and Miss Brown are still on speaking terms. They’re not living together, but he visits at weekends and hopefully, depending on the outcome today, there is a future for them.”
Recorder Evans responded: “It crosses the custody threshold, but it could be suspended.”
And he told Brown: “You disgraced yourself coming before the court today. This was an unfortunate incident.”