A WOMAN who has spent almost a year on remand in prison after stabbing a man has been sentenced to a three-year community order.

A judge heard on Thursday that there had been “friction” between 25-year-old Kelly Farren and the complainant and on the day of the stabbing she had been drinking alcohol before the attack took place at a flat in Skipton.

Prosecutor Ashleigh Metcalfe described how Farren had lunged towards the man and started attacking him, but was pulled away by a friend.

After more antagonism was directed towards her Farren then grabbed a knife and stabbed her victim in the lower abdomen.

Miss Metcalfe said the knife was left sticking in the victim’s side and Farren said sorry before leaving the property.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment, but fortunately he did not have to undergo surgery.

Farren, of Crag View Road, Skipton, was initially charged with an offence of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, but her guilty plea to unlawful wounding was subsequently accepted by the prosecution.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Farren had already served the equivalent of a 22-month sentence while on remand and today Judge Colin Burn sentenced her to a three-year community order.

Her barrister Paul Canfield said she undertaken various alcohol and educational courses while on remand.

Judge Burn said it wasn’t necessary to go into detail about the background to the case, but added: ”It is clear that there was a cause of significant friction between yourself and the complainant.”

The judge said Farren had completely lost control, no doubt because of the alcohol she had drunk, and stabbed the complainant.

“He was stabbed to such an extent that the knife was still sticking in his side when you took your hand off it,” said the judge.

“Somewhat amazingly, and fortunately for him and for you, the injury that he suffered did not require any surgery other than simply being stitched up.”

The judge explained that the appropriate prison sentence for the wounding offence would have been 19 months, but Farren had effectively served that time on remand.

Instead he imposed the community order which includes 50 rehabilitation activity requirement days and an alcohol abstinence monitoring tag for the next 120 days.

The judge was told that Farren could now live at an address away from Skipton and he said it was appropriate to impose an GPS exclusion from the town for the next six months.