A woman who stabbed her husband and cut him “to the bone” has avoided jail.

Zuzana Hastings, aged 43, was given a 23-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at a sentencing at Aylesbury Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how on August 29 last year, Tim Hastings, the husband of the defendant, was admitted to hospital with a deep cut “to the bone” on his left forearm.

Mr Hastings initially claimed he had accidentally cut himself, but after hospital staff raised their suspicions with him, he admitted he was injured while attempting to ward off a knife attack from his wife.

The court heard that Mrs Hastings, of Hopcrofts Meadow in Milton Keynes, had not been clear as to how she had wounded her husband, but had “accepted responsibility” for her actions.

Before the sentencing took place, Mrs Hastings was disciplined by judge Bal Dhaliwal for breaching her restraining order in the courtroom.

Mrs Hastings will not have to serve her suspended sentence in custody, but if she commits another offence during the 18-month period she will have to serve that sentence as well as any extra time for the additional offence.