'Bullied' Derbyshire woman brandished blade – punching partner in Skegness holiday row

A browbeaten Derbyshire woman held an eight-inch kitchen knife to her partner’s neck and punched him in the head during a row over a holiday in Skegness, a court heard.

Friday, 17th September 2021, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 20th September 2021, 10:58 am

Michelle Anderson, 58, threatened to “stick” the blade in her other half “to frighten him” and bruised a knuckle delivering the blow when the domestic dispute “got out of hand”.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard how the fracas erupted on August 7 when Anderson’s spouse demanded she trim their dog's nails “there and then” with the holiday looming.

Prosecutor Daniel Wilshaw described how, after the assault, Anderson told police she had no intention of hurting her partner and that she was “remorseful”.

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Michelle Anderson, 58, bruised a knuckle delivering the blow when the domestic dispute “got out of hand”

Anderson’s solicitor Annis Rowlands, giving Anderson’s side of the story, said the victim - with the defendant for seven years - called her “useless” and “lazy” “repeatedly”.

On this occasion Ms Rowlands said her client - who had been married for 19 years before meeting the victim - “saw red mist.”

She said: “The argument arose from a holiday booking and the fact that he wanted the dog’s nails cutting there and then.

“She said they couldn’t be cut easily, otherwise the nails would bleed and said she just saw red, put the knife down and hit him.”

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Ms Rowlands said mum-of-five Anderson had a “great deal on her plate” at the time of the episode.

Her father had nearly died of Covid in hospital and she was caring for a young family member after illness in the family.

The solicitor said Anderson had made “full and frank admissions” and the victim had since realised how much Anderson did for him.

She added: “This is an isolated episode - there were no drink or drugs involved.”

Anderson, of John Street, Heanor, admitted assault by beating.

She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

A magistrate said: “This lady is of previous good character, has shown remorse throughout and has suffered a lot of recent trauma.

“Because of that we will deal with this by way of a conditional discharge.”

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