AN alcohol-fuelled argument over a previous lover left one young woman with a stab wound to her upper arm and another lucky to escape time in custody.
Jaycinta Louise Ellen Whittington was sentenced in Rockhampton District Court yesterday after being convicted of unlawfully wounding Jean Faith Miller in February this year.
The court heard that Whittington had a long argument with Miller, who she was in a relationship with at the time, before stabbing her with a pair of medical scissors and leaving a puncture wound.
The 20-year-old had no history of violence, only minor offences, and entered an early guilty plea.
In summing up his finding, Judge Reid said it was sad to see two women in a relationship perpetuating violence.
He sentenced Whittington to 12 months in prison with immediate parole and told her she should address her issues of anger and alcohol.
He said her failure to complete school and long term unemployment were worrying features that made her statistically 45 times more likely to face incarceration.
Judge Reid urged Whittington to visit a GP and to engage in psychological counselling before attempting to resume her relationship with Miller, who wasn't in the court room yesterday.
"You need to look at the alcohol and anger issues that lead to this," he said.
"Bear in mind that the way you behave now will have an impact not only on your future, but your children's future."