An “out of control” mum-of-five throttled a woman, brandished a pool cue and bit a policeman after sinking six double gin and lemonades – but walked from court.

Donna Keen, 36, was spared an immediate spell in prison after Judge Peter Crabtree heard she’d only recently given birth, had no previous convictions, was extremely remorseful and pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

But sentencing her to 14 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, the judge gave the woman a verbal dressing down. “This was a totally unprovoked assault in which you were out of control and there is an argument that in picking up a pool cue you used a weapon although it did not come into contact with your victim’s head or indeed her body.”

Swindon Crown Court heard Keen had been out in Swindon drinking on the night of September 28 last year before returning to Aldbourne, where she lives, to watch a band at the village’s sports and social club.

She was with her partner, who argued with the brother of a club committee member. Keen, whose memory of the evening was hazy, decided to get involved in the altercation.

She pushed another woman – a mum at the school her children attended - then grabbed her by the throat for four or five seconds. She later brandished a pool cue and chased her out of the club but slipped and fell at the entrance.

CCTV showed Keen lashing out with her legs and at one point biting her partner in the elbow as he brawled with others in the bar.

Once police arrived she tried to hit a female bystander in the head. She was arrested and told the officer: “I’ll tell you something, tomorrow I’ll f***ing hit her.”

As PC Daniel Southey led her away he felt a sharp pain in his shoulder and turned around to see Keen biting him.

Interviewed later that day she said she had been very drunk and could remember very little. She had had six glasses of gin and lemonade. Interviewed a month later she suggested he drink may have been spiked. She was remorseful and particularly upset that her sister’s children had seen the assault.

Mr Haggerty said Keen’s attack had aggravated an injury her female victim had suffered while skiing more than a decade earlier. She had been unable to move her head the day after the attack and, in the months since, suffered from PTSD and was unable to work. The woman, who has since moved away from Aldbourne, said in a victim statement: “My entire world has been turned upside down.”

Keen, of Hawkins Road, Aldbourne, pleaded guilty to two courts of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Emma Handslip, defending, said her client was extremely remorseful. She was well-regarded in the community and contributed to village life. The attack was “very, very out of character”.

She had five children, including a baby born a month ago, lived in rented accommodation and worked hard as a cleaner in order to support her family.

Judge Crabtree ordered she complete 20 rehabilitation activity days and abide by a four month curfew, which will start from October 27. She must pay £500 compensation and was banned from the Aldbourne Sports and Social Club for six months.