Louth woman took kitchen knife to Urgent Care Unit demanding drugs

In the courts
In the courts

A 54-year-old Louth woman took a 10” kitchen knife to the town’s Urgent Care Unit to demand drugs, a court has heard.

Mrs Pacha Durman of Grosvenor Crescent admitted possessing a bladed article in a public place, when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Mrs Durman went to the Louth Urgent Care Unit on the morning of August 10 and said she wanted medication and told staff that she had a knife with her.

A nurse immediately took her to a private room and Durman took an 8­-10” knife out of her jacket and put it on a bed.

Mr Pietryka said the nurse was frightened by what had happened.

Durman put the knife back inside her jacket and said she would take tablets.

Police were informed and she admitted she had brought the knife from home and had walked to the unit, said Mr Pietryka.

She told them she wanted to see a doctor and that she had taken the knife to frighten them into giving her drugs and she wasn’t sorry.

Mitigating, Lauren Fisher said Durman was of previous good character and that there had been no threat nor real possibility of the knife being used.

“Her main aim was to get help,” she told the magistrates.

Ms Fisher said that Durman clearly had problems which needed to be explored.

The magistrates adjourned for sentence on January 5 and called for a report from the Probation Service.