A Prestatyn woman who stabbed her partner in the stomach after drinking up to 12 vodka shots was told by a judge she could have killed her victim.

Abbie Francis, 21, had been in a volatile relationship with Thomas Warburton during which time the police had been called out to “numerous” domestic incidents.

The strife between the pair boiled over in the early hours of March 9 last year when Francis phoned 999 and said her partner had been stabbed.

She said they had an argument and she picked up the knife.

She admitted: “I am going to be in trouble”.

Her partner was found with a stab wound to the stomach and three lacerations to his right hand. Francis’s 21-month old son was in the house at the time of the attack.

It was claimed her partner had been attacked by a number of youths while walking the dog.

But police spotted a trail of blood from the downstairs to the upstairs in the property at Gwelfryn in Prestatyn.

When Francis was told her account wasn’t believable she declared: “Okay, I stabbed him”. A large 20cm long knife was found in the kitchen sink with droplets of blood on it.

Francis admitted unlawful wounding at Mold Crown Court.

Defence barrister Simon Rogers said: “Fortunately the injuries are not serious in the context of the offence.

“She is deeply ashamed of her actions and that she caused injury to a partner she loved.

“She sought medical assistance by calling the emergency services and told them “He is going to say it wasn’t me, but it was”.

The barrister said the couple had been in a relationship for four years, but she had difficulties with her mental health.

Judge Niclas Parry stepped back from imposing a custodial sentence and suspended Francis’ 14-month term for two years, while ordering her to complete 220 hours of unpaid work.

The judge told her: “You stabbed your partner in the stomach and you did that because you couldn’t control your temper. The reality is that you could have killed him.

“But if it was not for your admissions you would not have been prosecuted.”

The defendant was also told to complete 35 rehabilitation activity days as part of her community order.