Haverhill woman jailed for chasing pair with knife

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A 26-year-old woman from Haverhill who chased two people along a street while holding a knife has been jailed.

Hollie Webb had emerged from her mother’s home in Stockley Close, where she also lived, at about 11pm on August 30 last year after picking up the weapon, Ipswich Crown Court heard today (Friday, April 8).

Minutes earlier Webb had phoned police to say she was fearful about two women who were outside the property.

Prosecuting, Juliet Donovan said that Webb had been involved in an “acrimonious” exchange with the two women and was then seen to chase them along the street.

No injuries were inflicted and Webb then retreated to her home leaving the two victims “terrified”, said Miss Donovan.

An aggravating feature had been the presence of young children nearby.

Webb was arrested and when interviewed told police: “I got hold of the knife because I was concerned.”

She claimed to have “no choice” because of her fears.

Miss Donovan said that one of the women who were chased had been dating Webb’s ex-boyfriend.

The court heard that Webb, who pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in a public place, had two previous convictions for common assault and assaulting a police officer.

Appearing for Webb, Joanne Eley said her client regretted the incident which had occurred following a year in which her father had taken his own life and she had tried to take her own life too.

Webb suffered with depression and other issues for which she had attempted to self-medicate using illegal drugs and excessive amounts of alcohol, said Miss Eley who described Webb as “emotionally fragile.”

Miss Eley said that initially Webb had acted entirely correctly when she become concerned about the two women outside the property and phoned the police but then took matters into her own hands and picked up the knife, although she had no intention of using it.

Sentencing her to four months imprisonment, Mr Recorder Andrew Marsden said the possession of a knife in a public place was always a serious matter which would be dealt with firmly by the courts.