A Barrack Heights woman has escaped full-time prison over a glassing attack that left her then partner with a severed temporal artery.
Lee Ann Collings yesterday successfully appealed a minimum nine-month jail sentence handed to her in Wollongong Local Court in May.
Wollongong District Court Judge Paul Conlon agreed to instead place the 42-year-old on an intensive correction order, meaning she will be able to continue to live at home but will be strictly supervised by prison authorities.
As part of the order Judge Conlon ordered her to undergo any recommended treatment and perform community service.
The court heard that the victim was playing poker machines in the outdoor smoking area at Warilla Sports Club on March 4 when Collings approached him and, without warning, hit him three times in the face with her hand.
Collings then smashed the glass into the side of his head, leaving him bleeding profusely from a deep gash near his temple.
She immediately fled the club and was later arrested by police at her home. The man was taken to hospital with a severed temporal artery, which required clamping and stitches.
Collings pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 18 months' jail with a non-parole period of nine months.
Seeking a lesser sentence yesterday, Collings' lawyer Adam Bye argued his client was a single mother of twins with no criminal record, who was "deeply remorseful" over the incident.
He said she had very little recollection of the assault due to the large amount of alcohol she had consumed that afternoon.
Mr Bye said Collings' actions had been "out of character" and she was receiving ongoing counselling and had strong prospects of rehabilitation.
Judge Conlon said glassing was a serious offence that was all too prevalent in today's society.
"The term 'glassing' cannot do justice to the incredible injuries inflicted on persons through having a glass thrust in their face," he said.
However, Judge Conlon also accepted that Collings had herself been the victim of ongoing domestic violence in her relationship with the man.
"The court must come to the view that the reason she has sunk to such a low ebb in her life can only be attributed to this relationship she had entered and she had no doubt been subjected to abuse herself," he said.