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Heather Peace jailed for stabbing Polish pair in Wishaw

A woman who stabbed a Polish man and woman during a party at a flat in North Lanarkshire has been jailed for fours years and nine months.

Heather Peace, 26, stabbed Marivsz Polsednik and Anna Baryxych in Wishaw in October 2010.

She was charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault to danger of life.

The court heard she lost her temper after accusing Ms Baryxych of kissing her boyfriend.

Sentencing Peace at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Brailsford told her he accepted she was "grossly intoxicated" at the time and that there was an element of jealousy.

But he said a prison sentence could not be avoided for two serious attacks using a knife.

Hazy memory

Peace had also admitted the attack on Mr Polsednik was racially aggravated.

The court heard that on the day the attack took place Peace, a mother-of-two, went to her friend Katarzyna Zadorozna's flat at Cala Sona Court, along with boyfriend Barry Paton, to work on an essay for college.

They began drinking and later friends of Ms Zadorozna turned up and the drinking continued.

One of the group, Ms Baryxych, was feeling upset because she had just split up with her boyfriend.

After talking to Peace she sat beside Mr Paton and put an arm round his shoulder. Peace tried to punch her but the blow did not connect.

Peace left the flat with Mr Paton, but returned a few minutes later and marched into the kitchen, swearing, and stabbed Mr Polsednik.

During a second confrontation, Ms Baryxych spat in Peace's face and was stabbed.

Defence advocate Ronnie Renucci said Peace recognised she had a problem with drink and only had a hazy memory of what had happened.

"Events of that night are extremely confused because of the amount of alcohol she drank."

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