STABBING her husband in the heat of a drunken row landed a Shanklin woman in court.

Joanne Wraxton, 49, of Green Lane, admitted one count of unlawful wounding when she appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

Simon Foster, prosecuting, said police had been called to Wraxton's house on December 1 last year after the defendant had called the ambulance for her bleeding husband after she had stabbed him in the arm.

The defendant had calmly told the ambulance staff, 'I have stabbed my husband', the court heard.

Mr Foster said the victim was laying in a pool of blood, unconscious, when the police arrived ten minutes later.

He had continually told police, ambulance staff and the court the incident had been an accident, the court heard, but the defendant said they had been arguing, she had moved towards him with the knife and accidentally stabbed him.

For Wraxton, Russell Pyne said Mr Wraxton felt the whole incident had been blown completely out of proportion.

Mr Pyne said the defendant was of good character and the relationship between her and Mr Wraxton was a loving one.

At sentencing, Judge Hill said the pair had had a long and loving marriage, but the defendant had lost control in a drunken argument.

He sentenced Wraxton to eight months in prison, suspended for one year.