A 35-year-old GP assaulted her police officer husband three times and twice breached a non-molestation order which he had obtained.
Blackburn magistrates heard all the offences were committed in Clitheroe, where they had been living prior to the breakdown of their relationship because of her drinking.
And the court heard the GP was living with her parents as she battled her problems in the hope she could get back to working as a doctor.
Eve McKenna, of Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe, was convicted after trial of all the alleged offences.
She was made subject to community supervision for 18 months, ordered to pay £50 in compensation to her husband John McKenna, and £210 toward costs.
Mrs Philippa White (prosecuting) said there were difficulties in the couple’s relationship due to her drinking habits. On June 6th they had taken their two-year-old daughter shopping, looking for a father’s day present.
“There was an argument between the adults and he left with the child and went home,” said Mrs White. “Later that night he received a text asking where he lived because his wife was with the sender and she was drunk.”
Mr McKenna collected his wife and took her back to her parents’ home. He took her upstairs to get her to bed and she started kicking him on the arms and legs.
On another occasion she knelt behind him where he was sitting on the settee and whispered in his ear: “I’m going to slit your throat, I’ll do time for you.” When he tried to call the police she flung her arms around his neck.
On June 18th she repeated the threat to slit his throat and slapped him across the face, following which Mr McKenna obtained a non-molestation order which prohibited any contact.
“Eight days after that he received a text from her saying she still loved him and an e-mail saying she was sorry for everything that had happened.
Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said there were no injuries to Mr McKenna as a result of the three incidents.
“She was heavily under the influence of alcohol on the first occasion,” said Mr Taylor. “This is a lady who was missing her daughter who had been taken from her and who desperately needed help. She is now doing a great deal of work to try and put her life back on track.
“She is more than likely going to be suspended from her work as a doctor as a result of these offences,” said Mr Taylor. “Her aim is to get her daughter back and get her career back on track as soon as possible and she is certainly moving in the right direction.”
Passing sentence the magistrates, who were provided with a pre-sentence report, said it was clear McKenna was making tremendous strides to address her alcohol abuse and urged her to continue with that.