Southend knife-wielding woman is jailed

Knife-wielding woman is jailed

Knife-wielding woman is jailed

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A WOMAN has been jailed for brandishing a knife in Southend High Street and assaulting two police officers.

Abigail Walker, 41, of Cossington Road, Westcliff, admitted possessing a 14cm blade in the town centre when she appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Police were called to the town at about 1.40pm on Tuesday, after a member of the public said they feared for their safety due to Walker walking around with the blade.

Three officers found Walker in London Road where they tackled her to the ground and restrained her, before she gave up the blade.

She was taken into custody, but later attacked two female officers, which left one with a grazed elbow and the other with scratches.

Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a selfemployed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do.

He said she wanted to see mental health services that day but was told she couldn’t until Friday.

It led her to drink alcohol, negating her medication.

He said: “This may have been a cry for help.”

The court heard Walker was nearing the end of a suspended sentence for a similar offence.

She was sentenced to a total of 13 weeks in prison – 12 weeks for possessing a weapon, one week for breaching her suspended sentence, and two weeks for each incident of assault, which will run concurrently.

Paul Fisher, chairman of the bench, said: “Having a knife visible to the public causes people serious concern.

“We accept it may have been a cry for help but we have to take all these matters into consideration.”

Speaking after the hearing, Chief Insp Simon Anslow, district commander for Southend, said the two officers who were assaulted went on to complete their shift.

He said: “I’m proud of the way my officers conducted themselves.

“Despite Walker being in possession of a knife my officers tackled her and didn’t need to use CS gas or batons.

“If you are in possession of a weapon in a public place you can expect police officers to deal with it.

“I’m disappointed that assaults on brave officers dealing with difficult situations have resulted in such a minor penalty.”

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7:50am Sat 31 May 14

supermadmax says...

Sounds like a ticking time bomb, "cry fro help"(sic) "mental health" "suspended sentence for a similar offence" "assaulting two police officers" "public said they feared for their safety" "bipolar / stressed"

I get stressed but I don't walk about with a knife scaring people and beating up police.

On the bright side at least Nick Clegg will be happy with the sentence.
Sounds like a ticking time bomb, "cry fro help"(sic) "mental health" "suspended sentence for a similar offence" "assaulting two police officers" "public said they feared for their safety" "bipolar / stressed" I get stressed but I don't walk about with a knife scaring people and beating up police. On the bright side at least Nick Clegg will be happy with the sentence. supermadmax
  • Score: -5

10:18am Sat 31 May 14

DAGASMAN says...

"I get stressed but I don't walk
about with a knife scaring
people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not
"I get stressed but I don't walk about with a knife scaring people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not DAGASMAN
  • Score: 13

10:26am Sat 31 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 17

10:50am Sat 31 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
I think it means spending summers at the north pole and winters at the south pole.....
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: "Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.[/p][/quote]I think it means spending summers at the north pole and winters at the south pole..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 12

10:58am Sat 31 May 14

supermadmax says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
"I get stressed but I don't walk
about with a knife scaring
people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not
Well she should be locked up in a hospital or prison then shouldn't she you liberal extremist.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "I get stressed but I don't walk about with a knife scaring people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not[/p][/quote]Well she should be locked up in a hospital or prison then shouldn't she you liberal extremist. supermadmax
  • Score: -6

11:15am Sat 31 May 14

DAGASMAN says...

supermadmax wrote:
DAGASMAN wrote:
"I get stressed but I don't walk
about with a knife scaring
people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not
Well she should be locked up in a hospital or prison then shouldn't she you liberal extremist.
"Liberal extremist"? I despise equality.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "I get stressed but I don't walk about with a knife scaring people" do you have mental health issues? People with mental health issues tend to occasionally do things others may not[/p][/quote]Well she should be locked up in a hospital or prison then shouldn't she you liberal extremist.[/p][/quote]"Liberal extremist"? I despise equality. DAGASMAN
  • Score: 1

11:33am Sat 31 May 14

AuldGit says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
Do they speak Bipolish there?
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: "Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.[/p][/quote]Do they speak Bipolish there? AuldGit
  • Score: 3

2:27pm Sat 31 May 14

Motherlode says...

If she is diagnosed as bipolar, she should be receiving regular support and treatment from her GP and mental health professionals. Did they testify in court? DId anyone check they were supporting her adequately?
She was obviously trying to work running her own business and lead a decent life as a contributing member of the community. It's pretty sad that the reporting here is sensationalist and accusatory and imprisonment is the only recourse for someone who obviously needs more support or treatment - surely it's a more productive use of public funds.
If she is diagnosed as bipolar, she should be receiving regular support and treatment from her GP and mental health professionals. Did they testify in court? DId anyone check they were supporting her adequately? She was obviously trying to work running her own business and lead a decent life as a contributing member of the community. It's pretty sad that the reporting here is sensationalist and accusatory and imprisonment is the only recourse for someone who obviously needs more support or treatment - surely it's a more productive use of public funds. Motherlode
  • Score: 7

4:20pm Sat 31 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the
rest of the inhabitants.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: "Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.[/p][/quote]Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the rest of the inhabitants. John Bull 40
  • Score: -2

5:02pm Sat 31 May 14

LexyGirl says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the
rest of the inhabitants.
You silly man
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: "Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.[/p][/quote]Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the rest of the inhabitants.[/p][/quote]You silly man LexyGirl
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Sun 1 Jun 14

John Bull 40 says...

LexyGirl wrote:
John Bull 40 wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
"Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do".

anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.
Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the
rest of the inhabitants.
You silly man
How do you know I am a man, a very sexist comment.
[quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: "Adam Merrick, mitigating, said Walker, who is a self employed gardener, was from bipolar and was stressed with the amount of work she had to do". anyone know where Bipolar is..?.i looked on my world globe but couldn't find it.[/p][/quote]Its the land of fruitcakes near Canvey, bring on the thumbs down from the rest of the inhabitants.[/p][/quote]You silly man[/p][/quote]How do you know I am a man, a very sexist comment. John Bull 40
  • Score: -4

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