A WOMAN slashed a man’s throat during a violent fit of rage following a heated row.

Carol Green has been spared jail after she cut the victim’s neck in the midst of an argument inside his home.

Green, 57, of Hawtree Close, Southend, had gone around to see the victim on September 9, 2018 when an argument between them broke out.

The argument did not stop, and progressively became more and more aggressive from both sides.

The situation came to a head when Green stormed into the kitchen, armed with a knife and slashed at the victim’s throat.

Green appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday where she was sentenced by Judge Ian Graham.

Judge Graham told her: “You armed yourself with a knife and cut his neck.

“Fortunately for him - and now fortunately for you - this was a relatively superficial wound.

“It did not have to be stitched, and he was treated at A&E.

“You were arrested where you said you had done it, and that you had caused his injuries.”

Green, who appeared at court on crutches, remained impassive throughout the hearing.

She had previously admitting one count of the unlawful wounding of the victim.

Mitigating, Chris Whitcombe told the court that Green had never sought to blame anyone else for her actions.

He said: “This is a very regrettable situation that could have been worse and a more serious set of offences.

“She accepted her blame and responsibility, albeit explaining what was going on beforehand.

“She never attempted to put blame on anyone else other than herself.”

Mr Whitcombe added that immediate custody would have a “severe impact” on Green’s health.

Judge Graham said that Green had previous convictions from several years ago but they were not relevant to this crime, and acknowledged it had taken a while for the matter to reach court - almost two years.

He gave Green a nine month suspended prison sentence.

She must also complete 30 days of rehabilitation and a 12 month mental health treatment programme.

She will also be subject of a restraining order for the next five years.