A "jealous" mother reportedly battered her boyfriend in the head with a crowbar after he mistakenly dropped a slice of pizza on the floor.
During a Bank Holiday night-in, Kirsty Saccani, 31, flew into a rage when she saw Samuel Moorcroft dropped food off the table at their Stockport, Greater Manchester home, Mirror reports.
The mum-of-three began threatening him with a kitchen knife when he tried to apologize. "You'll get this in your throat," she reportedly told him.
When Saccani saw that Moorcroft was trying to leave their home, she grabbed an iron bar and bludgeoned him over the top of his head. Moorcroft had to get eight stitches for the 6 cm wound he sustained during the attack.
Saccani admitted during an appearance at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, that she caused grievous bodily harm to her boyfriend.
However, she avoided prison after Moorcroft filed a statement urging the judge not to send her to jail. The pair have since broken up.
Saccani and Moorcroft had been in a relationship for five years and have a child together. However, they had frequent arguments, the court heard.
Darren Preston, prosecuting said: "Over time, the relationship became more volatile, with her becoming jealous and insecure. Often the most trivial arguments would get completely out of hand. On 27th August 2018, the defendant had been in bed most of the day as she had been out until the early hours from the night before. That evening, they got a takeaway but whilst settling down to eat, Mr. Moorcroft dropped some food onto the floor, resulting in her shouting at him."
Moorcroft apologized, but Saccani stood in the kitchen doorway threatening him with a kitchen knife, saying he would "get this in your throat."
"He told her that he was not going to put up with her anymore and went upstairs to get changed in order to leave the address. But as he went to leave, she stood in his way with a baseball bat in her hand. He wrestled the bat from her and put it down and then turned to go out of the front door. But as he turned away from her, she took hold of what the crown say was a crowbar and began swinging it at him and brought it down on top of his head," Preston continued.
The embattled boyfriend immediately started to bleed before he scrambled around to get his van keys. He left the apartment and called the police from his mother's house.
The prosecutor added: "He attended Stepping Hill hospital where he was found to have a 6cm laceration to his head requiring 8 stitches. A police officer attended and spoke to Mr. Moorcroft before going to the defendant’s address and arresting her. She noted an injury to defendant’s face, and she was herself complaining that she had been assaulted. Having been arrested, the defendant was interviewed at the station."
Moorcroft then said in a statement: "She has made my life difficult over contact with our son, and I have suffered stress resulting me taking medication and losing weight. I don't want her to go to prison — I want her to be a good mother to our son — contact arrangements are now working at the moment."
Speaking of Saccani, Defense Lawyer Nicola Carroll said in mitigation: "She was under an enormous amount of stress at the time. While this offense clearly crosses the custody threshold I ask that you suspend that sentence. This was a toxic relationship between the defendant and the complainant although that does not excuse her actions. She says that ending the relationship with him has been the best decision she has made in years.
Carroll said Saccani was not an "inherently bad person" and has signed up for counseling to help with the trauma caused during the relationship and how to deal with such issues in the future.
Carroll continued: "The author of the pre-sentence report is satisfied that she is motivated to sort herself out. I draw attention to the impact an immediate custodial sentence would have on her children. She shows a willingness and ability to change, not just for herself but for her children."
As punishment, Saccani was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
Addressing Saccani directly, Sentencing Judge Bernadette Baxter said: "You were in a volatile on-off relationship and you admit yourself that you are your own worst enemy... It is my public duty to give you a custodial sentence but the question is whether that sentence has to be immediate. I am convinced that this has been something of a wake-up call for you. And that you are now in the process of sorting yourself out and setting a better example for your children."