Woman threatened mum with kitchen knife
A WOMAN who locked her mother inside her home and threatened her with a knife has appeared in court.
Leanne Davies, aged 34, of Seaward Avenue, Port Talbot, had been suffering from depression and mixed her anti-depressants with alcohol and drugs before the incident on April 19.
Prosecutor Georgina Buckley told Swansea Crown Court her mother, Lorraine Wall, had gone into her daughter’s home but she had then seen her take the key from the door and locked her inside.
Miss Buckley said her mother originally thought she was “playing about” but her daughter began shouting at her. Her mother then noticed she had a bread knife with a blade of up to 9in in her hand.
Mrs Wall escaped to the toilet where she text her granddaughter, who was waiting outside, asking her to come to the house.
She did but Davies also locked her inside.
“The defendant then began to demonstrate rather concerning behaviour,” said Miss Buckley.
She said Davies took the knife and began dragging it over her thigh which cut through her pyjama bottoms.
Davies then told her mother: “If you call the police on me, I’ll put this knife across your throat.”
Miss Buckley said at that time, Davies was waving the knife around.
Two men then arrived at the property and were allowed inside, one stood in the doorway to prevent Davies locking them inside too.
At this time Davies allowed Mrs Wall and her granddaughter - Davies’s daughter - outside.
Davies followed them outside and continued to scream at them and told them they were “going to suffer”.
Davies, who admitted common assault, then put the knife to her own wrist.
Miss Buckley said that as police arrived tried to put tablets into her mouth and although officers tried to stop her, she then had to be taken to hospital.
The court was told Davies had been suffering from depression and had stopped using her medication for alcohol and illegal drugs including meow-meow, amphetamines, valium and cocaine.
She had been struggling since her children were removed from her care and placed with family members, the court heard, but has now stopped taking drugs.
Miss Buckley said a statement from Mrs Wall said she did not want a restraining order to put in place as she thought her daughter’s term in custody for these matters had “taught her a lesson”.
Recorder Peter Rouch said: “I appreciate at the time of this offence you had ongoing difficulties and problems within your own life.”
He said he also accepted she had been suffering from depression and said that may have been linked to an abusive relationship which she had recently left.
He said she had no history of similar offences and it had been a "one off incident".
The judge agreed to suspend the three month prison term for 12 months.