A WOMAN who repeatedly slashed her ex-partner with a knife after a drunken row spilled out onto the street has been spared jail.

Georgina Woodburn, of Hay Day Close, Yarnton, admitted one count of unlawful wounding, one count of having a bladed article and another count of causing criminal damage.

The 27-year old sobbed throughout her sentencing hearing yesterday as Oxford Crown Court heard that she had downed two bottles of Prosecco before launching into the savage attack.

The court heard that the hairdresser and mother-of-one had been in a tumultuous relationship with her victim for 15 months.

On the night before the incident on August 19 she had dumped him, the court heard, and had only taken him back after he promised to kick an addiction to cocaine.

An argument arose again the next night after they had both binged on alcohol, and when her victim left in an apparent bid to get more to drink Woodburn followed him out to his work van, suspecting he was up to no good.

Armed with a hammer she went on to smash a window of the van before returning to her home to fetch a kitchen knife.

It was then that she squared off against the man, punching him a number of times while ‘flailing her arms’ and wielding the knife, prosecutors said.

Her ex-partner was struck with the three-inch bladed kitchen knife and suffered two lacerations on his leg and arm as a result of the attack.

Woodburn eventually relented and members of the public who had seen the unfolding carnage called police and attempted to treat the man for his wounds.

In mitigation, Lucy Tapper said that her client, who is expecting her second child, had shown remorse for the incident and said that the relationship with her ex-partner had been categorised by a long history of domestic abuse.

She said: “She says that she deeply regrets her actions, that if she could turn it back she would, but she can’t, and she has lived with that regret ever since.

“It was a moment of madness and it was a one-off...it is the product of what she says is wrong choices and years of domestic abuse.”

Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC said: “We increasingly see people going out into public places armed with knives and that will not be tolerated.

“When you saw him you began to attack him, flailing your arms and in one of your hands you had a knife and you caused injuries to him.

“When the police came you were still in an extremely upset state.”

Woodburn was given a 16-month jail term for wounding, eight months for having a weapon and two months for criminal damage, all to run concurrently and all suspended for two years.

She was also made subject to a community order, to include 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement, participation in the ‘Heal’ programme, and told she must pay £150 in compensation.