AN ARMED woman with a personality disorder twice forced her way in to a man's house before stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife.
Janet Jones, 46, of Abbey Road in Widnes, broke into the home of two people with learning difficulties in the early hours of Tuesday, November 16.
The tenants, who live on Delamere Avenue, are under the care of social services and have access to an emergency alarm system monitored by council staff called Halton Life Line.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday how Kevin Mannion opened his door at about 12.30am, before Jones pushed her way in to his flat.
He asked what she was doing there and realised she had come looking for him with a knife and some scissors. This was the second attack Jones had waged against Mr Mannion in a matter of months.
She had pleaded guilty to a similar incident of affray in May last year and was the subject of a three-year Community Punishment Order.
Mr Mannion presumed she had come back in retaliation about the same incident.
She screeched: 'You had me locked up for a few days!'
He told her it was her fault and not his. But the court heard how Jones had come armed with a knife and a pair of scissors.
She held the knife pressed to his neck and the scissors pressed to his cheeks.
Jones stood crying in court before the judge imposed a three-year jail sentence and five-year licence.
Prosecuting, Mark Roberts said: 'She had the knife and scissors with her when she entered the building.
'Mr Mannion was screaming 'get off me now, get out'.
'After a while he managed to shove the defendant out.'
Neighbours, including the former partner of Jones, heard shouting and commotion from the flat.
Mr Mannion told another resident he had been stabbed and asked her to phone the police.
Jones had appeared at an earlier hearing on January 17 on one count of aggravated burglary which was disregarded in this case. She appeared at court after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding, with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The court heard her previous convictions include criminal damage and assaulting a police constable.
Defending, Robert Golinski said she should have been given better mental health treatment within the community and was genuinely ill.
He said: 'She has gone back to the same place and seems to have done something again.'
Judge Gareth Edwards, QC, replied: 'She could so easily have severed an artery.'
As part of her mitigating evidence, it was argued Jones pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and has a long history of mental health problems.
Despite being diagnosed with a personality disorder which is now being treated, the authorities had failed to act quickly enough.
Judge Edwards told Jones: 'I accept that you suffer from a personality disorder, but I can't deal with you fully on that basis as the public need to be protected.
' I must put the public interest first. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.
'You had already armed yourself with a knife and scissors and you stabbed him.'