Chloe Walsh, 27, poured a kettle of boiling water and sugar over her neighbour (Liverpool Echo)
A mum who poured a kettle of boiling water over her neighbour has walked free from court because she has young children.
Chloe Walsh, 27, left Kimberley Caples, 39, with facial burns after throwing hot sugar water over her head outside her home in Kirkby, Merseyside, on April 27 last year.
Caples was unable to nurse her three-month-old baby as a result of her injuries.
Walsh pleaded guilty to wounding without intent but was spared jail after a court heard she is the primary carer for her two children, aged two and seven.
Martine Snowdon, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said the incident took place when the victim went to visit Cheryl Morrison, who also lived in the same area as Walsh.
Ms Caples went to Walsh’s address after discovering a living room window had been damaged and Ms Snowdon said Walsh ‘felt genuinely fearful for her safety’.
Another neighbour said they ‘heard raised voices’ and ‘as an argument was taking place Ms Walsh came out of her address with a white kettle in her hand’ and said ‘watch out’.
Ms Caples said she then ‘felt boiling hot water hit the right side of her face and chest’ which had sugar in it, although a forensic scientist said the presence of sugar did not increase the intensity of the injury in this case.
Ms Caples was taken to hospital after being left with ‘facial burns to the right side of her face and scalp’, resulting in scarring.
Walsh, who has no previous convictions, initially denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but later admitted wounding without intent on the day of her trial.
Ms Snowdon said in a statement Ms Caples ‘expresses how painful and distressing the injuries were’ and ‘how difficult it made in particular the care of her three-month-old’.
She said she was unable to nurse her baby ‘in the way she would like’.
Ms Snowdon added the incident was ‘fairly quick moving’ and ‘impulsive’.
Chloe Walsh admitted wounding without intent at Liverpool Crown Court (Getty Images)
John Rowan, defending, said Walsh is taking medication for manic depression and anxiety and suffered from PTSD after being stabbed when she was 15.
Mr Rowan said Walsh ‘remembers it with a great degree of shame, a great degree of remorse and a great degree of regret’.
The judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, sentencing, said there was ‘strong personal mitigation’ and a ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’ and added, ‘a custodial sentence would have a significant harmful impact on others’.
He said: ‘I have been just about persuaded in this case your sentence of imprisonment can be suspended.’
Walsh, of Kirkby, was handed 18 months suspended for 20 months and ordered to complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 150 hours of unpaid work.
The judge imposed a five-year restraining order preventing Walsh from contacting her victim.