Woman who stabbed friend over bill money dispute in Northampton will not go to prison

Sheena Clark has been handed a 140-hour unpaid work order for assaulting a man she loaned money to in 2013.

Sheena Clark has been handed a 140-hour unpaid work order for assaulting a man she loaned money to in 2013.

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A Northampton woman who stabbed a man in his flat shortly after he spent the bill money she gave him on booze has been spared jail.

Sheena Clark was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to a man she knew following a trial earlier this year.

At her sentencing hearing this morning the court heard how on September 29, 2013, she loaned a friend money to pay off his outstanding electricity bill.

But later that day she became enraged when she discovered the man had instead spent the money on alcohol.

She turned up at his house under the influence of drink later that evening to "confront the victim."

"You went to your victim's house and you banged on the door until he came out," said recorder Jacob Hallam, overseeing the proceedings.

"You were frustrated and when he didn't respond in the way you thought he should do, you stuck him several times."

As a result, the victim pushed Clark back into his own flat. The row escalated and Clark, 28, of Brammer House, St James, ended up using a knife to stab the victim in the ensuing argument.

Though the victim did not provide the court with a statement as to his current physical condition , he said he still suffered from blurred vision in statements given five months after the incident.

The jury in her trial found this to be in self-defence however, which recorder Hallam took into account when sentencing her.

Clark was given 140 hours of unpaid work to be completed over the course of the year.

"I am not going to reflect the knife attack in my sentencing," recorder Hallam told her.

"But you started the ball rolling by confronting himYou might not be legally responsible for stabbing him, but you do bear a moral responsibility."