24-year-old Megan Durham, who faces a custodial sentence for stabbing a woman in the head 4 times with a chisel, has been told she has 3 months to improve her behaviour.
Durham, previously of Osborne Road in Shanklin, left the 41-year-old victim with injuries to her head and leg during the serious assault at an address on Atherley Road on 22nd November last year.
Police were called to the scene at 22:40 and officers arrested 3 women. Durham was later charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, with the 2 other women released without charge.
Earlier this year, Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Durham’s victim sustained 3 stab injuries to her scalp and 1 to her forehead, as well as a bite on the thigh. Durham admitted causing grievous bodily harm without intent and the case was adjourned for sentencing.
Durham was due to appear before the Judge back in May of this year, but the case was pushed back to July and then pushed back again to 9th September.
It was on Friday that Durham was handed a deferred sentence – this means if Durham stays out of trouble between now and 12th December, the judge will consider handing her a less severe sentence than if she was to get into trouble during that period. It is an opportunity for her to prove herself.
She has been made subject to a restraining order with immediate effect, however.
The 24-year-old has already spent 9 months in custody, which will also be taken into consideration.
Durham is due back before Bournemouth Crown Court on 12th December.
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