Glasgow & West Scotland

Stab mum Heather Peace avoids festive jail term

A woman who stabbed two Polish citizens has been spared jail - so she can spend Christmas with her children.

Heather Peace, 25, stabbed Marivsz Polsednik and Anna Parzych at a flat in Wishaw in October 2010.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how she launched the attack after accusing Ms Parzych of kissing her boyfriend.

Judge Lord Brailsford said Peace would normally be remanded in custody pending sentence but he would continue bail so she spend Christmas with her children.

The court heard how the attacks happened after Peace visited the flat of friend Katarzyna Zadorozna in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on 18 October last year.

Essay help

Both studied social sciences at Motherwell College and Peace had wanted help with an essay due in the next day.

Peace was with her partner Barry Paton and his friend James Arthur.

Ms Zadorozna was later joined by a number of fellow Poles - including the two victims Mr Polsednik and Ms Parzych.

The court was told how Peace spotted Ms Parzych chatting to her partner Mr Paton.

Peace, from Wishaw, accused Ms Parzych of kissing her boyfriend and then tried to punch her.

This eventually lead Peace's class-mate to tell everyone to get out of her flat.

Peace then returned, shouted abusive language, and stabbed Mr Polsednik once in the stomach.

Bail continued

Ms Parzych then confronted Peace and spat in her face.

As she walked off, Peace struck her with the knife and then leaned down to hit her again.

The court was told that Mr Polsednik needed surgery for a wound that could have killed him, while Ms Parzych required an operation after suffering three wounds to her abdomen and two to her arm.

A lawyer for Peace, who admitted to both assaults, asked that her bail be continued so that she could spend the festive period with her children, who live with her mother.

Judge Lord Brailsford said: "You have two children and I don't want to deprive them of their mother at Christmas."

Peace will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh in January.

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