12 month pub ban for Louth woman after drunken knife lunge

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An alcoholic who stabbed her boyfriend has been banned from drinking in every pub and night club in England and Wales for the next 12 months.

Latoyah McNally from Louth lunged at her then boyfriend Adrian Hepworth, 24, at the end of a drunken night out.

The blow was aimed at his stomach but he managed to deflect the 10-inch long knife away and received a cut finger which needed four stitches.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the couple had been out celebrating McNally’s brother’s birthday before finishing up at Louth Hospital Social Club.

They returned the McNally’s home but later an argument broke out between them.

Mr Howes said “He accused her of being loud. He then received a text message from a female friend. She began smashing plates.

“She went to the top of the stairs. She had a knife in her hand. She lunged at his stomach. He deflected the blow and suffered a cut to his hand.”

Police were called and Mr Hepworth was taken to Grimsby Hospital for treatment.

McNally later told officers “I’ve ruined the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” She admitted she had drunk eight pints of strong lager during the evening.

Mr Howes told the court “The victim puts it down to her alcoholic state. When she is drinking her personality changes.”

Mr Hepworth is now no longer in a relationship with McNally.

McNally, 23, of Keddington Crescent, Louth, admitted unlawful wounding on April 5, 2012.

She was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years with two years supervision.

Judge Michael Heath also imposed a prohibited activity order which bans her for 12 months from entering any public house or licensed premises for the purpose of consuming alcohol. She was also banned from drinking in public for 12 months and given a six month alcohol treatment requirement.

The Judge told her “There was an argument and plainly you were drunk. You have clearly got a serious problem with alcohol. What I have put in place is a package which will help you provided you help yourself. If you don’t you will be back before me and I will have to put you inside.”

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said McNally routinely drank up to five bottles of vodka each weekend and four cans of cider a night in midweek.

He said “She has a very heavy dependency on alcohol that needs to be addressed.”

“Mr Hepworth says she needs help. She had not regularly been violent to him.”