A SOUTHAMPTON woman who repeatedly stabbed a door with a knife after her partner locked himself on the other side has been spared a spell behind bars.

Hazel Roberts, who also grabbed her former boyfriend by the throat and scratched his cars following the break-up of their year-long relationship, returned to court after her sentence was deferred earlier this year.

She was told by a judge in March that if she complied with the conditions of her suspended sentence order she may be spared an immediate custodial sentence.

During a hearing at Southampton Crown Court on Monday, Roberts’ barrister, Ellie Fargin, said the 21-year-old had managed to “stay out of trouble”.

She said Roberts had undertaken anger management classes with the probation service and was due to start an art and design course at Totton College later this month.

Judge Nicholas Rowland, who deferred her sentence earlier this year, said: “You seem to have turned your life around after I gave you the opportunity last time.”

He sentenced Roberts, of Old Redbridge Road, Southampton, to a 12 month community order with 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and a total of 80 hours of unpaid work.

As previously reported, in October Roberts stabbed at the door of her ex-boyfriend after their break-up. In December, while on a suspended sentence, she grabbed him by the throat and scratched two of his cars.

She admitted criminal damage and two counts of assault.