Jailed: The knife-wielding grandma who attacked her estranged husband and his new partner

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A GRANDMOTHER has been spared jail for lunging at her estranged husband with a knife before going on to attack his partner.

Carol Powell burst into Stuart Powell’s home and demanded to know where his girlfriend was, warning that she’d “have her” while brandishing the blade.

Mr Powell required hospital treatment after suffering a cut to a finger as he tried to disarm the 54-year-old.

The pair had separated six months earlier, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

As Powell was led out of the property, she lashed out at her husband’s new partner, Julie Sjoland, kicking her in the leg several times.

Powell, of Dunlop Crescent, South Shields, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to her husband and common assault on his partner.

District Judge Helen Cousins gave Powell a 20-week jail sentence suspended for two years for the assault on her husband, plus a 10-week sentence, also suspended for two years, for the assault on his partner, to run concurrently.

She was also given a two-year supervision order, a curfew from 9pm to 7am for 10 weeks and an indefinite restraining order barring contact with both victims.

She was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £80 too.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, told the court that at 8.50pm on Wednesday, December 17, Stuart Powell was at his Masefield Drive home in South Shields, with his partner.

“Powell walked into the address through the front door, asked Mr Powell where his partner was and said ‘I will have her’.

“She had a knife in her hand and lunged towards him. He grabbed her wrists to prevent injury.”

The defendant continued to swing the knife towards Mr Powell, cutting his finger, before kicking out at his partner as she was removed from the property.

The police were then called, and Powell was arrested.

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said the police had been called out to deal with incidents of domestic abuse during the relationship in the past.

Mr Smallcombe said: “There is nothing to suggest that she is a risk to the wider community.

“Her husband has stopped making payments on the mortgage. She now faces eviction.

“He has put the house on the market without her knowledge. She has been suffering from depression.”

Judge Cousins warned that Powell could have been jailed if a different charge had been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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