Screwdriver slasher jailed

Sharon Woods, 44, of Alfred Street,Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She was jailed for ten months.
Sharon Woods, 44, of Alfred Street,Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She was jailed for ten months.
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A woman who slashed and hit a man with a screwdriver in a “vicious” attack has been put behind bars.

Sharon Woods was drinking at the home of her victim when she became verbally abusive and started to attack him.

A judge at Preston Crown Court jailed her for 10 months and said what happened could only be described as a “vicious and sustained” attack with a weapon.

Woods, 44, of Alfred Street, Fleetwood, had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm last
 November.

She had gone to the victim’s Hornby Road flat in Blackpool on the evening of November 2 and asked to buy an electricity card. The victim sold them on behalf of his landlord and she had previously bought cards from him.

She went on to join friends of his and stayed there drinking for a few hours. A witness described her behaving in a hyperactive way and being loud.

Robert Smith, prosecuting, said Woods later suddenly stood up and became abusive and started punching him, then slashing at his face with a screwdriver, before using the handle as a club.

The victim had put his arms up to protect his face and his arms were cut. The prosecution submitted it had been a ‘sustained and repeated assault’.

A witness got the screwdriver from Woods, but she continued to punch the victim. Woods was eventually restrained on the couch until she had calmed down.

She said on arrest she could not remember doing it.

The victim suffered significant cuts and five months later, was still apprehensive about going out alone.

Richard Haworth, defending, said: “It was arguably a sustained attack, arguably again though, the severity of the injuries isn’t as great as it could have been. That is fortunate. She pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity. She has little or no recollection as to what she did.

“She now has victim awareness and sympathy. She recognises she did wrong and that it was a serious thing”.

The judge, Recorder Fiona Ashworth, told Woods: “This can only be described as a vicious and sustained attack, using a weapon.

“Quite a nasty weapon was used as a blade and as a club. There is no alternative to an immediate custodial sentence.”