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A woman who punched a man in the head four times while wielding a hammer in front of frightened onlookers has been spared prison.
Kirsty Smith, 33, charged out of her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on July 13, 2020, brandishing the tool in the street before lashing out at the man with her fist.
The man suffered a wound to his head. Now Smith has been handed a 12-month community order.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Smith shared an interest in horses with her victim but the pair fell out after an exchange of messages on Facebook about her concerns for the welfare of a horse named Daisy.
Smith claimed she felt fear when the man turned up unexpectedly in her street with two other people.
Prosecutor David Jackson said the defendant and her victim had known each other for four years.
Kirsty Smith (pictured outside court), 33, charged out of her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on July 13, 2020, brandishing the tool before lashing out at the man with her fist.
Mr Jackson said: 'They got on well until November 2019 when they had a fall out over Facebook.
'Matters came to a head on July 13, 2020 over a series of messages concerning a horse called Daisy looked after by the man. He arrived at her home at