TINY Maria Clark stabbed her partner after he called her a midget and dwarf.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard diminutive Clark lunged at boyfriend Matthew Parvin with a knife following the taunt and his suggesting she sleep with a pal.
He made derogatory comments about her being a dog after references to her height which she is pretty sensitive aboutBridget O’Hagan
Prosecutor Ruth Hitschmann said Mr Parvin suffered a 4cm puncture wound to his upper left shoulder needing two stitches following the attack.
But Ms Hitschmann revealed when police were called, Parvin concocted a tall tale, telling police he was attacked by an unknown assailant on his way back home from the shops.
It was only when Mr Parvin and Clark, 40, of Hadleigh Road, Wymering, split that he called police on May 16 and told them the true story.
‘He lied to police about being attacked outside a shop,’ Ms Hitschmann said.
‘He did this because he was scared of Maria.
‘On May 16 he separated from the defendant, he felt confident.
‘He was able to tell the police what happened.’
Clark, whose head was just visible above the dock wall, had become abusive toward Mr Parvin, said the prosecutor, adding: ‘Returning with a knife, slicing his jumper, she caused a scratch on his chest.’
It was then she stabbed him in the shoulder with the blade.
Ms Hitschman added: ‘The defendant then left the address saying “you better get rid of the knife”.
A neighbour came round and called an ambulance and the complainant concocted the story.’
The pair had agreed to stick to the lie but when Clark was later arrested she quickly crumbled and admitted what she had done.
They are back together and walked hand-in-hand from court after Clark was spared jail by the judge.
Summarising Mr Parvin’s victim statement, Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘You’ve basically forgiven her and couldn’t bear the prospect of her going to prison.’
Judge Munro dealt with the defendant in short order, taking into consideration the victim’s wishes, and spared Clark prison.
Clark received a 36-week jail term suspended for two years with 18 months supervision and must attend 12 sessions of a women’s group.
Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said: ‘He made derogatory comments about her being a dog after references to her height, which she is pretty sensitive about.’
She added: ‘She finds that people who call her a midget and dwarf, it really does upset her.’
She said both Clark and Mr Parvin had been drinking at the time of the stabbing.
Clark admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.