Jilted Wolverhampton lover gouged ex with broken mug

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A spurned woman took revenge after she suspected her former lesbian lover had found a new partner, a court heard.

Lucy Russell, a 25-year-old business studies student, smashed her way into her ex-lover's home and attacked her with a mug, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

When that shattered she continued the attack with its jagged handle, gouging wounds to the victim's ear, left arm and right thigh, leaving her permanently scarred, Mr Gary Cook, prosecuting, told the court. The violence only stopped when police burst into the house in Melbury Close, Merridale, and pulled Russell off the 21-year-old.

Mr Cook said the victim alerted police after she was woken by a banging noise and the defendant shouting outside. She then found Russell in the kitchen, where a window had been broken. "The defendant picked up a mug from the table and struck her former partner a number of times with it until it broke," said Mr Cook.

"She continued with the broken handle, pulling it down the skin of the victim."

The victim said in a statement: "I thought she was going to kill me and am frightened she will come back to finish the job."

Miss Kate Thomas, defending, said: "Miss Russell had been in a volatile relationship with the other woman and suspected that her former partner was being unfaithful."

Mother-of-three Russell, of Lime Street, Penn Fields, has previous convictions for offences including robbery and wounding.

Judge Michael Challinor told her: "This paints a picture of a very violent young woman." She pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was jailed for four years with a five-year extended licence.

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