Stabbed in the back for taking bite of woman's birthday meal
A WOMAN who took drink and drugs has been jailed for stabbing a man in the back because he tucked into a takeaway she had bought for her birthday.
A court heard that 37-year-old Ann Carr got the chicken burger and chips on the way home to Allenton while with a group of people.
All of them had been drinking and the atmosphere was initially good, with music being played in her home, said Hal Ewing, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court.
Carr went into her bedroom to remove her make-up and returned to find one of her guests had "eaten a lot of the burger and chips".
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Mr Ewing said: "The defendant came back, noticed this and became angry."
She pushed the rest of the food into the face of a man but he was not the person who had eaten her food.
Carr then went into her kitchen and returned with a "large kitchen knife and lunged" at the man who had eaten the burger. The wound bled and hospital staff later discovered that it was up to 3cm long and had damaged muscles around his spine.
The man has since suffered trouble walking and has found it hard to sleep and suffered nightmares, said Mr Ewing. He also picked up an infection while in hospital.
Carr of Hawthorn Street, Allenton, was jailed for 20 months for wounding after admitting to the September 1 attack.
Judge Andrew Hamilton told her: "It was most disgraceful to have caused a nasty wound to his back. If you had stuck it in a bit further, it could have caused even worse injuries.
"So long as you continue to take drugs and drink, you will continue to be at risk of causing serious harm to people."
Carr had been placed on a curfew for more than 120 days but half of that will be taken off her prison sentence. The court was told she had a previous conviction for assault dating back to in 1996.
Clive Stockwell, mitigating, told the court Carr had had a tragic early life.
He said: "Her mother died when she was a teenager and she had also lost her father and a brother. As a result, she consumed a great deal of alcohol to deal with these emotional problems and she became an alcoholic.
"On this night, she went out for her birthday and foolishly decided to take some drugs. She thought she was having cocaine but it proved otherwise. She mixed it up with drink to celebrate her birthday. Undoubtedly, it is the case she was suffering from a degree of paranoia.
"She is a vulnerable person and has dealt with a lot in her life."
The judge studied a psychiatric report on Carr before jailing her.