Women passed sentence after spending time on remand, as Lawtons tell the court she has made good progress whilst inside.


A drug addict beggar stabbed a woman in the neck with a hyperdermic needle even though she had just given her a pound. The 28-year-old became aggressive and followed the victim through Luton town centre, demanding that she hand over another £5, Luton Crown Court was told Wednesday 6th April.


Prosecutor David Stanton said: “The victim felt a stab and blood came from the side of her neck.”


He said: “She was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she was checked by medical staff. The puncture wound was quite small and she was given treatment for the possibility of HIV. She still has a residual fear she may have contracted something.”


The Luton woman was arrested on 5th December, three days after the stabbing. She told the police she could not remember what happened. She had previous convictions for dishonesty and robbery.


In court she appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to causing Actual Bodily Harm, having an offensive weapon and a bladed article.


Stuart Sprawson, defending, said his client had spent the equivalent of an 8 month jail sentence in Peterborough prison while on remand. In custody, he said, she had completed drug abuse, victim empathy and substance misuse rehabilitation programmes. She had a “very positive response” to the courses in prison, he said.


Judge Richard Foster described her offence as “despicable” and said it was lucky that the victim had not contracted an infection. But he said the defendant had made ‘very good progress’ since being remanded in custody and had received a “glowing report from a psychologist.”


He passed an 8 month jail sentence – meaning that she will be released because of the time she has served. She will be supervised for probation officers on licence for 12 months.


At the end of the hearing, the woman thanked the judge.