A Grantham woman who stabbed her brother during a drunken argument has been spared an immediate jail sentence.
Cinderella Smith scuffled with her brother in her town centre flat and then grabbed a knife.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Smith waved the knife at her brother and swore at him.
Mr Howes said “He tried to get the knife off her but she stabbed him in the chest and blood began to spurt from the wound.”
He fled from the flat and sought help from staff at Bargain Booze in Westgate.
He began to drift in and out of consciousness and an ambulance was called.
H e was taken to Grantham Hospital but later transferred to Lincoln County Hospital where he underwent an operation.
The victim suffered a collapsed lung and was detained in hospital for four days before being released.
Smith later admitted the stabbing, claiming that she suffered “aggro” whenever her brother visited.
Smith, 46, of Westgate, Grantham, admitted unlawful wounding on February 13.
She was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision.
Judge Michael Heath told her: “You may consider yourself somewhat fortunate that I have taken this merciful view given all the circumstances.”
Chris Milligan, defending, said both of them were drunk and moments before the stabbing, Smith’s brother had grabbed his sister around the throat.
He added: “There must have been some substantial provocation from her brother. He clearly had her around the throat and also telling her he would kill her.
“It brought back memories of a previous incident many years before.
“She should not have picked up the knife but she did so in panic.
“It is a tragic case. Cinderella Smith’s problem is drink.
“She had tried very hard to change since she was arrested and tried to sort herself out.
“She has voluntarily sought treatment for alcoholism.”