A DRUNKEN man who stabbed his partner in the knee with a kitchen knife has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Bolton Crown Court heard how John McCabe had been in a relationship with Louise McCrirrick for five years when they got involved in a drunken row at their home in Osborne Grove, Bolton, on the evening of April 7.

Lindsay Thomas, prosecuting, said that while in the kitchen, Ms McCrirrick fell or was pushed to the floor and, lifting a knee to defend herself, was stabbed with a kitchen knife.

The wound needed four stitches.

McCabe, aged 47, of Harlesden Crescent, Deane, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding. David Toal, defending, said the scaffolder was remorseful.

Judge Knopf said the victim’s request that he be spared jail was unusual.

Sentencing McCabe to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, Judge Knopf told him: “I accept this was a spur of the moment act on your part and out of character.”

The judge also ordered that McCabe should live at his parents’ home for at least three months and do 100 hours unpaid work.