Melbourne, October 1 : Despite admitting to having put crushed glass in her estranged husband's sandwiches, an Australian woman has avoided jail.
Lynette Margaret Quessy, 50, of Sandy Bay in Tasmania has been sentenced to a nine-month prison term suspended for three years by the Supreme Court in Hobart.
Quessy and her husband Tim Nash were separated, but still living together in October and November the previous year.
She smashed up a fluorescent light with a meat cleaver, and put the glass in Nash's lunch five or six times.
Nash became suspicious when he discovered glass fragments in his lunch the second time, and started keeping his sandwiches in a freezer.
It was when he found a container of crushed glass in the pantry that he went to police, The Mercury reported.
Justice Shan Tennent said that Quessy's police interview made it clear that her thought processes were "disorganised".
She had told police that she wanted to hurt her husband because he had hurt her, while the court was told that the woman was concerned about her husband's drinking, and believed that he would get help for his other problems if she made him sick.
"Those thought processes are, to say the least, bizarre," news.com.au quoted Justice Tennent as saying.
The court finally suspended the jail term for three years.