Woman jailed for stabbing boyfriend in drunken row during The X Factor

Donna Patterson
Donna Patterson

A drunken woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the back with a kitchen knife after they got into an argument while watching The X-Factor has been jailed for 18-months.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Donna Patterson, 30, had been drinking when her then-boyfriend Barry Clayton attempted to leave the flat they shared in South Shields.

Newcastle Crown Court

Newcastle Crown Court

She blocked Mr Clayton’s exit, locking the front door and telling him if he wanted to leave “he would have to go through the window”.

After Mr Clayton pushed Patterson to the floor in a bid to escape, he felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder and collapsed after getting outside.

At hospital he was found to have suffered a 7cm deep wound to his right chest wall - causing an arterial bleed which required emergency surgery. He spent five days in hospital.

The attack, which took place in October 2014, came after another incident in which Patterson had wounded her partner with a knife.

The court heard Mr Clayton suffered cuts to his wrists when he attempted to leave the flat after an argument.

David Callan. defending, said Patterson had a history of being in a number of abusive relationships herself.

He said: “This was an unhappy relationship with faults on both sides, and one in which alcohol fuelled both sides.”

He added that the defendant had, many times, been the victim herself and deserved leniency.

Prosecuting barrister Mr Herrmann said: “It cannot be accepted by the Crown that this was a two-way domestic abusive relationship.”

He drew attention to the fact that Patterson, now of Willington Terrace, Wallsend, had been convicted of offences of assault and being drunk and disorderly since the original charges were brought.

Recorder Singh said: “I’ve heard an emotional victim impact statement and heard of two relevant convictions.”

He added that the fact that Mr Clayton’s injuries were not worse was down to “good fortune”.

He sentenced Patterson to 18 months’ imprisonment for each charge, to be served concurrently.