Stephen Parker prosecuting said: ”Mr Fleming’s mother said her son was a heavy drinker and in her opinion had a drink problem but he wouldn’t accept he did have.
“He conceded in his statement, in his words, he was a binge drinker.”
Last November Fleming had been drinking white wine with a friend and woke up the following morning with a hangover.
After going to work he returned home that afternoon to sleep it off.
But at about 3pm, Whittaker inexplicably walked straight in through the unlocked front door, wearing her pink pyjamas.
Mr Parker added: “She walked upstairs to Mr Fleming’s bedroom where he was asleep on his front. He said he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back of his right shoulder.”
He jumped out of bed and saw Emily Whittaker leaving the room. He followed her downstairs and shouted at her to leave the house.
”He said he could feel blood running down his back and the clothing that he had been wearing was starting to cover in blood. Mr Fleming says he has no idea why she had done what she had.”
Paramedics attended and treated Fleming, but he declined to attend hospital or have any follow-up treatment.
He was asked by a police officer if he had been stabbed by Whittaker and eventually he said: “Yes, it’s fine, but just leave it.” He later made a statement but was said to be reluctant to make a complaint.
Police went to Whittaker’s home where they found her taking a bath. Her pink pyjamas were on the floor and a knife was recovered from a grate outside.
When arrested she replied: “You what? I’m really confused. I haven’t done anything. I’m just having a bath.”
In mitigation her counsel Clare Ashcroft said Fleming’s injury wasn’t serious and said her client, who suffered from anxiety and depression, needed treatment for mental health difficulties and alcohol abuse.
Passing sentence Judge Ian Leeming, QC said Fleming had been “particularly vulnerable” but told Whittaker: You are remorseful although the fact you can remember very little, if anything about it I do find it disturbing.”