A woman has been spared jail despite stabbing a killer just moments after he committed a brutal murder.
Pauline Toth, 54, of Falmouth Road, South Shore, stabbed Mark Ball – the man who just days ago was jailed for life for murdering Marc Davis.
Ball, 25, was told last week he would serve a minimum of 18 years behind bars for a vicious knife attack after being invited into his victim’s home in back in 2012.
At his trial, it emerged he told police shortly after the attack that he had acted in self-defence, claiming the victim had stabbed him.
However, the injury was inflicted by Toth after she discovered Ball’s crime.
In February last year, she pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, having stabbed him following the attack on Mr Davis, 42, who the trial heard was defenceless at the time.
Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Toth was given a 20-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, also gave her a 12-month supervision order.
Mr Davis, 41, died after being stabbed in the chest four times by Ball in the living room of his flat, in Alexandra Road, South Shore, in October 2012.
The knife went straight through his heart and a post mortem found he died of massive internal bleeding following the attack.
Throughout the trial, Ball, formerly of Hornby Road, Blackpool, insisted he had no recollection of how his victim came by his injuries.
The court heard he had been drinking and had taken valium on the night of the murder.
Mr Justice Holroyde, who also sentenced Ball following the conclusion of his trial last week, said the murder was a “deliberate” attack with no obvious motive.
He added: “What has emerged very clearly is that you have no remorse for what you did.”