Court grants immediate parole to carer who slashed client

A CARER who slashed a client with a knife attached to a pole has pleaded guilty on the eve of her second trial.

After being found guilty at a trial last year, Diane Yvonne Bartram, 40, appealed the conviction and had it overturned. A new trial was ordered, but with only minor changes to the charge Bartram pleaded guilty.

She was sentenced at the Ipswich District Court for unlawful wounding.

In July 2012 Bartram and the man, who the court heard had a violent relationship, were involved in a dispute. The man left the house, but later returned. Bartram then attacked him with a knife attached to a pole. The attack left a 5cm long gash on the man.

Judge Deborah Richards sentenced Bartram to two years prison. She declared the 200 days Bartram had spent in prison as time already served, and granted her immediate release on parole.

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