The woman identified as Joylene Cunningham, went ahead to slash her boyfriend, Sean Harman’s face from his mouth to his ear after seeing him kissing and cuddling someone else.
She has however been arrested, tried and jailed for two and a half years.
Sean Harman required 18 stitches to his wound after the attack, made by his girlfriend, Cunningham, with a razor blade or Stanley knife, York Crown Court was told.
According to York Press, he took to the witness box to defend her, saying he had been ‘winding her up’ during the incident, which happened on Kings Staith one evening in June last year.
He said he had wrongly believed she had been having an affair.
“I was disgusting,” he said. “I was horrible. I was awful.
“I was angry with her. I thought she had been cheating on me in my own bed. I wanted revenge on her. I wanted her to be sent down.”
He said he had been violent towards Cunningham previously and, during the Kings Staith incident, Cunningham had hit him with her fist but the cut must have been caused by a ring on her finger or a glass he was holding.
Cunningham, 30, of Blossom Street, York, said that when she got to the river, she saw him with another girl, kissing and cuddling. “I felt pretty upset,” she said. “I just stormed over and hit him.”
She said she punched him but denied having a blade in her hand, and said the wound must have been caused by a ring on her finger, or the glass he was holding.
But the Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, who examined the ring, said it was not sharp and he did not believe the pair’s claims.
Solicitor advocate Kevin Blount said in mitigation that Cunningham had no previous conviction for violence, it had been an isolated incident, there was nothing to suggest pre-meditation and there was ‘some degree of remorse.’ Judge Batty said the wound had been a ‘deep laceration’ in places, running virtually from Mr Harman’s mouth to his ear and causing a permanent scar.
He said that in sentencing, he gave Cunningham credit for a guilty plea to wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.
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