'Out of control' woman jailed following police knife threat

A woman deemed "out of control" has been jailed for 18 months, 14-months suspended, after brandishing a knife in the presence of two police officers at an Asda car park in North Wales.

Police were in the vicinity of Asda, Flint, when Donna Pickles, 40, confronted an innocent man for the death of her late brother.

Upon approaching Pickles, the officers were "shocked and alarmed" when she brandished a four and a half-inch black handled blade.

Pickles eventually threw the bladed article into a bush before police arrested her.

Andrew Green, defending at Mold Crown Court, said there was no excuse for her to carry the weapon but it was a “sad fact” that she had lost her brother a few days earlier. He also added that Pickles was seeking help to overcome alcohol an drug problems, he said: “Her life is blighted by a serious addiction and she believed she needed to protect herself.”

Donna Pickles confronted an innocent man over the death of her brother before officers arrived

Pickles, of Raven Court Apartments, Earl Street, Flint, acted out of character and she is “extremely remorseful”.

The judge, His Honour Niclas Parry told Pickles she had been “out of control of her senses”.

He said: “You were challenging a male whom you held responsible for the death of your brother. You were acting wildly with a weapon. You brandished the knife and threatened two police officers who were shocked and alarmed.”

In addition to a suspended sentence, Pickles will also be required to carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activity.

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