A mother-of-three who viciously attacked a love rival in a Bristol pub, using her shoe as a weapon, has been given a chance to avoid jail.
Elisha Williams, 25, lost her rag in The Criterion in the St Paul's area, in April and assaulted the woman in what the judge described as a "frenzied, persistent and irate attack" that left her victim needing treatment to a cut on her forehead
During the attack, Williams was heard to shout "He thinks you are better than me" and "My baby's father is in prison for murder". Williams, of River Street, St Jude's, admitted a charge of assault causing the woman actual bodily harm in the incident in the pub on April 28.
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, said: "This (the relationship) is something they were both aware of, and they were both in The Criterion pub in the early hours of that Sunday morning.
"During the course of the assault, Miss Williams was saying to her victim 'He thinks you are better than me'. It is very clear the assault is connected with the fact they had a relationship with the same man.
She (Williams) was also calling her a bitch and said 'My baby's father is in prison for murder'."
Mr Kesner said the assault, closed-circuit television footage of which was shown to the court, was aggravated by Williams using her shoe as a weapon to strike her victim.
He said: "There would appear to be several strikes with the shoe but only one hit her forehead, causing a 2.5cm wound needing five sutures at hospital."
Mr Kesner said Williams had no previous convictions.
Edward Hetherington, defending, said the assault was out of character for someone with an "impeccable character".
Judge Mark Horton requested Williams give evidence in the witness box under oath and told her he did not detect remorse and felt the defendant seemed to think her victim had it coming.
Williams said: "I have got remorse. I am sorry for what I have done. She got closer and closer to me and I responded to that. I hit her once and then I lost control of myself."
The judge told Williams he was prepared to give her a chance.
He deferred her sentence for six months, during which time she will have to attend supervision appointments, abide by a curfew between 8am and 5pm and be subject to a ban from pubs, clubs and off-licences.
He said: "If you fail you will go to prison. Then you will have to look your children in the eye and explain that their mother has let them down. I do not think you want to do that."