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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cumbrian woman chased partner down street with knife

A woman who threatened her partner with a knife has been given a suspended prison sentence – in the hope she can receive psychiatric treatment.

Toni McCarron, 28, was under the influence of drink or drugs – or both – on October 15 when she left her home in Cambridge Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, with the sharply pointed ornamental knife, complete with a seven-inch blade.

Her partner tried to get away from her and told her to go home and “sleep it off”, Carlisle Crown Court heard, but she pursued him, brandishing the knife as she went down the street.

Even when the police arrived she refused to put the knife down until they threatened to Taser her, prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said.

McCarron, who was described as “frail and vulnerable” because of emotional problems, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said he had no power to order McCarron to receive psychiatric help, even though that was what she clearly needed.

He said he could only hope that the Probation Service would be able to arrange such assistance during the two years she would be under their supervision. He imposed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, plus a 13-week curfew.

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