A “neighbour from hell” plunged a kitchen knife into the chest of the man who lived in the flat above after being threatened with eviction.

Drunken Mary Jones stabbed her neighbour of 10 years, Edward Reilly after he complained about her continual anti-social behaviour.

Mr Reilly, 59, even attempted to pull the nine-inch knife out of his chest while fighting off the 57-year-old in his flat at Woodside, Redcar , on June 14.

Appearing at Teesside Crown Court via video link from HMP Low Newton on Thursday, Jones was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to wounding with intent.

Nick Dry, prosecuting, said Jones was a “neighbour from hell” who had lived below Mr Reilly for a decade.

“During that time there were a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour by the defendant”, he said.

“There was a strained relationship between them, she was a heavy drinker and she had been drinking to excess on the day of the offence.

“There is also a suggestion she was taking her mother’s prescribed medication.”

The court heard that Jones and her partner had been notified by their landlord that they “possibly faced eviction” over their behaviour.

Jones then turned to drinking heavily and later that day went up to Mr Reilly’s flat.

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“He didn’t want further problems so allowed her in and they had a conversation”, Mr Dry said.

“She kept drinking but was not angry at that stage.”

After a while she was asked to leave the flat, at which point she produced the blade and stabbed him in the chest, causing a 4cm wound and puncturing a lung.

“He tried to pull the knife out of him while fighting her off as she was trying to push the knife in further”, Mr Dry added.

“She struck him again causing a two inch wound to his right forearm.”

Jones then fled and told her partner what had happened and he called the police as Mr Reilly lay bleeding in his kitchen.

He spent four days in James Cook University Hospital , in Middlesbrough, and still suffers from breathing problems.

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Andrew Turton, mitigating, said the attack was “out of character” and that she had “no recollection” of the incident.

He added she was a “troubled individual” who was “deeply remorseful” of her actions and had an “unstable personality.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said Jones had “somewhat of a miserable life” and had been in previous abusive relationships and had problems with drugs and alcohol.

He made her subject to an indefinite restraining order and jailed her for five years.

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