A heavily-pregnant mum who smashed her brother in the face with a medieval MACE as he brawled with her husband has walked free from court.
Laura Cotterill-Attaway, 34, belted brother Peter Lee, 30, with the 16ins (40cm) weapon – breaking two of his front teeth.
The 200-year-old weapon, which her husband used in historic battle re-enactments, had a long wooden handle tipped with a metal spiked ball.
She attacked her brother after he refused to leave the Rising Sun pub, which she ran with her husband Jason, 36, in Coventry, on July 4 last year.
Cotterill-Attaway, who married Jason in a medieval-themed wedding on St George’s Day last year, pleaded guilty to assault when she appeared at Coventry Crown Court on Thursday.
She was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and a 12 month supervision order.
Sentencing her, Judge Peter Stretton, told her it was an ”exceptional case”.
He said: ”You ought to understand that in almost all cases where a weapon is used, particularly if serious or lasting injury is caused, an immediate prison sentence is passed.
”I do not pass it on you for a number of reasons; your good character, your early guilty plea and the tensions which were running high in this incident.”
The court heard Cotterill-Attaway – who was six months pregnant with her second child at the time – launched at Mr Lee at 2am on July 4 last year.
Minutes earlier Mr Lee, who was her financial partner in the pub, was drinking with friends in the bar when Mr Cotterill-Attaway asked them to leave.
Kathryn Roughton, prosecuting, said: ”Peter Lee is the defendant’s brother. They ran a public house and Peter Lee had invested some money.
”At 2am on July 4 Peter Lee was in the bar drinking with friends. The bar was closed and they were finishing off their drinks and the music was playing.
”Jason Cotterill-Attaway believed drinks were being sold after closing time and he wanted everybody to leave and turn the music off.
”There was a disagreement between Peter Lee and Jason Cotterill-Attaway.
”A scuffle broke out and they grappled with each other for several second and punches were thrown.
”Members of staff split them up. Laura Cotterill-Attaway had seen it on CCTV in the living quarters upstairs.
”She comes downstairs in her flip-flops, stood in front of him [Mr Lee] and without warning strikes him with something she had in her hand.
”He felt pain in his face. She had struck him with a medieval mace he had seen lying around the pub.
”She knew her brother was drunk and could be difficult so in order to make herself more threatening she armed herself with the mace.”
Mr Lee was taken to hospital where he was treated for two broken teeth and severe bruising on his lips.
The court heard the mace belonged to Mr Cotterill-Attaway who was a keen member of a medieval combat society which held regular battle re-enactments.
Mr Cotterill-Attaway – who staged heavy metal nights at the pub – also took the mace into schools to illustrate historical battles.
Judge Stretton refused a request by Cotterill-Attaway’s barrister Kristina Montgomery to return the weapon.
He said: ”I’m going to have the weapon destroyed. It is a symbolic order more than anything else.
”Use of such weapons is very much to be deplored.”
Cotterill-Attaway, who wore all black in court and sported a nose-ring, attended court with her husband.
Speaking after the case Mr Cotterill-Attaway said: ”The mace was very very old and was used as a prop. We are glad the case is all over.”
The couple, who have six-month-old daughter and seven-year-old son, are moving to Kidderminster, Worcs., in March where they will take over another pub.