A mum who bit her husband is among those who have been spared an immediate jail sentence in Merseyside's courts.
The "barbaric" mum of two bit her husband's finger after he unplugged the TV when she wouldn't turn the volume down.
A judge said he had "rarely come across anybody less remorseful" than 55-year-old Ann Lunt, who sobbed in the dock.
Another woman was spared jail after she called a man and got fellow partygoers to threaten to "kneecap" him 'probably with a shotty' has also been spared jail.
Chloe O'Brien made the calls while she was at a party to a man who had allegedly sexually assaulted someone she knows.
When sentencing judges and magistrates have to follow a set of guidelines and consider if there's a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, strong personal mitigation and if immediate custody will result in a harmful impact on others.
These circumstances, as well as other considerations, can then tip the balance on whether an offender walks free from court or is sent straight to jail.
Read the latest court cases where people were spared jail.
A woman got fellow partygoers to threaten to "kneecap" a man 'probably with a shotty'.
Chloe O'Brien was drunk at a party when she called a man who had allegedly sexually assaulted someone she knows.
Her friends threatened to storm his home as his children slept telling him "watch your back because a nine might go through your kneecaps".
O'Brien made the calls as one male said: "I'm 10 minutes away from putting a party popper through your f***ing door with your children in there.
They also told the man: "One way or another I'm going to kneecap you with a ring hammer or probably a shotty."
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Her barrister said the allegations were "still before the Spanish courts".
Recorder Harris said: "If you had taken a step back and thought about it there are other ways this could have been dealt with.
"Effectively you took the law into your own hands by these threats."
O'Brien, of Prince Charles Gardens, Birkdale, admitted one count of sending malicious communications.
She is of former good character.
She was handed a six month sentence suspended for 18 months and must complete 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.
A care worker pushed a vulnerable woman with learning difficulties after she became 'irritated'.
Jayne Ascott was working in a senior position at St Joseph's Care Home in Formby when colleagues saw her being "aggressive in manner" and pushing the vulnerable woman as she was putting her coat on.
The 53-year-old mum assaulted the woman on March 2 last year in an act her colleagues described as "unacceptable", "shocking" and "worrying".
Luckily the 38-year-old woman was physically unharmed after Ascott pushed her "with both hands, hard".
The court heard Ascott, who has no previous convictions, was "devastated", had "genuine remorse", and had been a care worker for 30 years with an "unblemished record".
Ascott, of Bakers Lane, Southport, admitted being a care worker who ill-treated an individual.
She was handed a 12 month community order. Ascott must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £600 in costs and a victim surcharge of £90.
A private hire driver was caught high on cocaine while driving a passenger through Huyton.
Shaun Porteous was in his Ford Galaxy when he was stopped by police after they spotted his fare wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
But officers became suspicious of the dad-of-three who was showing "signs of drug use" while behind the wheel.
Despite initially denying taking any drugs, a roadside test revealed he was over three times the legal limit.
Porteous, of Redwood Drive, Ormskirk, admitted driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of benzoylecgonine above the specified limit on October 1 last year.
Porteous, who has a previous conviction for dangerous driving in 2004, was banned from driving for 15 months.
He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £34.
A nan of 12 told her terrified elderly neighbour that she would burn down her house.
Patricia Kelly also told Mavis Allum she would "punch her f***ing head in" during a row in the Fazakerley street.
The 56-year-old became involved in a row following a previous dispute between Ms Allum's granddaughter and Kelly's friend, Katie.
Police were called on August 26 last year and in interview she claimed she "didn't mean it".
Her solicitor explained she had been offered a caution if she completed an anger management course, but was later told the course was not available due to coronavirus restrictions.
Kelly, of Fourth Avenue, admitted threatening to damage property and using threatening words.
Kelly, who has previous convictions for dishonesty which date before 1993, was handed a 12 month community order with an eight week curfew between 8pm and 8am.
She must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and an anger management course.
A two year restraining order preventing her from approaching the woman was also imposed.
An angry woman “keyed” a mum and daughter after words had been exchanged.
Louise Darcy punched Victoria Power in the face while holding a key between her fingers in Anfield.
When the injured woman called her mum, Anne-Marie Power, she rushed to the scene, only for Darcy to do the same again to her mum.
Darcy, of Vallance Road, Anfield, pleaded guilty to common assault on the two women on April 24, 2019.
The court heard that she has two previous convictions in 2017 involving racially aggravated offences.
Darcy was handed an eight month sentence suspended for two years and must complete 30 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.
A five year restraining order was also imposed.
A teenager torched two buildings less than a mile apart after a friend "dared him".
Luke Edwards-Meredith burned down a vacant barber's shop next to the landmark old Central Hotel building in Birkenhead.
Just an hour later on August 24, 2019, the 17-year-old boy set fire to the former Hotel California and Revolver pub next to Birkenhead Tunnel.
It took half of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's entire resources to tackle the two blazes.
His barrister said he was diagnosed with ADHD early in his childhood, which "leads to impulsivity and leads to acting without thought".
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Edwards-Meredith, now 19, of Walker Street, Birkenhead, who has no previous convictions, admitted two counts of arson causing damage to property.
Judge Cummings said a psychiatric report found "there would be significant risks in terms of deterioration of your mental state were you to be sent into custody immediately".
The judge handed him eight months' detention, suspended for two years, with a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.
A "barbaric" mum-of-two bit her husband's finger after he unplugged their TV when she wouldn't turn the volume down.
Ann Lunt, 55, threw photos in Martin Lunt's face then drew blood when she attacked the 58-year-old at their Bootle home.
He had picked up the photos and "went to give them back to her" but as he raised his hand his wife "leaned forward and with some force bit the little finger on his left hand."
A top judge said he had "rarely come across anybody less remorseful" than Mrs Lunt as she sat scowling in the dock.
Lunt, of Lunt Road, Bootle, who has no previous convictions admitted causing actual bodily harm.
She was handed a three-year community order and three-year restraining order.
The judge ordered her to complete a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work.
A "sickening" paedophile was caught with “stomach-churning” child abuse images.
One image among his vile collection of "truly awful sexual abuse" involved an 18-month-old toddler.
Watkinson, of Rosemary Avenue in Runcorn, admitted three counts of making indecent images and one of possessing extreme porn.
Police discovered the images after raiding his home on September 5 in 2018.
Watkinson, has no previous convictions, was handed eight months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 35-day rehabilitation activity requirement and £250 to pay towards prosecution costs.
He was put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and ordered to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Dad-of-three Mark Jones asked to meet up with a 13-year-old girl for "sexual purposes".
The 43-year-old was actually talking to an undercover police officer who was posing as "Izzy" on the dating website Fast Flirting.
Using the profile name Jay33, asked what Izzy's Facebook account was and her age.
He was immediately told she was 13 and from Nottinghamshire, but enquired what she looked like, if she wanted to be friends, and if he was too old for her.
He also asked the 'girl' if she'd had "any action" with her ex-boyfriend and told her "If we do anything, I will wear a condom if it goes that far".
The court heard Jones has been diagnosed with learning difficulties, ADHD and confirmed as being on the autistic spectrum.
Jones, now of St Edmonds Road, Bootle, who has no previous convictions, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
He was given a suspended sentence of 12 months and ordered to carry out a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.