Woman detained over hammer attack on partner

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A WOMAN who hit her partner on the head with a hammer and cut him with a knife in an attack at their home has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

A court heard Donna McGinty called police on December 6 last year and told them she had carried out the attack on her husband as he could be heard screaming in the background.

Officers arrived at the house on Chequerfield Drive, Pontefract, to find him covered in blood on his upper body. He had been struck on the head with the hammer and had cuts to his neck and arms from a Stanley knife. He received hospital treatment but did not suffer permanent injuries.

McGinty, 42, was arrested at the scene and assaulted two police officers as she was being taken into custody. When she was interviewed about the incident said she had hit her partner with the hammer when he was asleep because he had been “winding her up”. McGinty was initially charged with attempted murder. She later pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and two offences of common assault. Leeds Crown Court heard McGinty had been diagnosed as suffering from a severe emotional personality disorder.

Catherine Silverton, mitigating, asked judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, to follow doctors’ recommendations that McGinty be detained under the Mental Health Act so she can receive treatment. Judge Marson told McGinty: “In your case it is not a case for imposing punishment, it is a case for treatment.”

McGinty will be detained indefinitely until considered safe for release.

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