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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Carlisle woman threatened to kill pair with Samurai sword

A woman whose home was visited at around 7am by two women who called to collect a debt threatened to kill them with a Samurai sword, a court heard.

But after hearing about the many problems in her life, Judge Paul Batty QC decided to suspend the six-month jail term he imposed on Karen Moffat, who admitted affray and possessing an offensive weapon in public.

At Carlisle Crown Court, prosecutor Alan Lovett described how the women called at the defendant’s home in Atkinson Crescent, Harraby, at around 6.40am to collect money they said they were owed.

Moffat’s response was to grab a fearsome-looking 3ft-long sword which she claimed was “ornamental” and go outside with it.

She first threatened to kill the two women and then slammed the sword into a wooden fence.

Paul Green, for Moffat, referred to various medical conditions which the defendant suffers from and said that she had apologised for what she had done.

“She deeply regrets it,” he added. He said his client would also cooperate with any order the court might imposed as a sentence.

Judge Batty questioned a claim, made in a letter submitted on the defendant’s behalf, that she was a “lovely person” and not violent.

He pointed out her list of previous convictions, which includes 29 offences, including one of battery. Nor did the judge accept Moffat’s claim that she had simply lifted the “ornamental” sword from the wall of her lounge.

He said: “You told the police that it was your partner’s and that you went out there threatening to kill people outside with it. It’s a pretty vicious-looking weapon.

“It has been produced in court and fortunately you didn’t use it.”

The judge said that it was clear that the defendant was somebody who could easily lose her temper, adding: “It seems to me to be a rather odd time to come looking for repayment of a debt. Their behaviour was inappropriate but yours was over the top in rushing out on into the street with an ornamental Samurai sword.

“You could have no complaint if I locked you up.”He ordered Moffat to observe a 7pm to 7am curfew for the next four months.

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