A WOMAN who hit her partner on the head with a hammer has narrowly avoided going to prison.
Angeline Robinson attacked Alfred Hill from behind after drinking vodka with him at her home, Durham Crown Court heard.
Prosecuting, Rachel Hedworth said they were in a relationship at the time and Mr Hill was staying the night, although he was sleeping in a spare room.
She added: “An argument took place after Ms Robinson’s daughter, with whom she was sleeping, accidentally hit her.
“Mr Hill suggested the problem could be avoided if the daughter didn’t sleep with her mother, but it seems Ms Robinson took exception.”
Ms Hedworth told the court Mr Hill decided to leave.
“He was in the bathroom getting dressed when he felt a blow to the head,” she added. “There were several other blows.
“Mr Hill left the house to walk home, but apparently passed out on the way and a passer-by helped get him to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
“Doctors there inserted four staples in a head wound.”
Robinson, 34, of Passfield Square, Easington Village, admitted unlawful wounding.
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said: “Ms Robinson has since taken steps to control her drinking.
“She is the sole carer for her children, and is genuinely remorseful for what happened.”
The Recorder, Ms Deborah Sherwin, sentenced Robinson to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, two years of probation supervision, and 100-hours community work.
The recorder told her: “It is fortunate the injuries were not more serious, and having read a lot about you I accept this was out of character.
“You have had a lucky chance today, you could have gone to prison.”