Stamford woman gets suspended sentence after throwing a bottle and a knife at friend who was trying to help her
A young Stamford mum who threw a bottle and then a knife at a friend who was trying to help her was warned she was lucky not ‘to go straight to prison’.
Recorder Simon King gave Shannon Katy Crumpler, 23, a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years at Lincoln Crown Court on today (January 25) after she admitted wounding Paul Leverseidge in the Elizabeth Road area of Stamford on the morning of July 9 last year.
Crumpler, of Sandringham Close, Stamford, also admitted two charges of possession of a bladed article in Cornwall Road, Stamford, on the same date.
Recorder King said: “People who behave in the way you did on the day in question would normally go straight to prison.”
But taking into account the fact she had no previous convictions, the circumstances surrounding the case and acknowledging her background, he passed the suspended sentence.
“This is not a slap on the wrist,” he told a sombre Crumpler, who was warned she needed to be on her ‘best behaviour’.
“You are a grown up and you have to take responsibility for yourself.”
The court was told by prosecutor Leanne Summers that Mr Leverseidge had concerns for Crumpler’s welfare and mental state so went to stay with her so he could help her.
Miss Summers said that Crumpler’s mental health was ‘deteriorating’ and on the morning of the attack, had asked Leverseidge to leave her house.
He eventually did leave and was followed by Crumpler who was carrying a bag of empty wine bottles.
A bottle was thrown at Leverseidge who sustained a cut on his right ankle followed by another bottle which missed, but Crumpler went back to her house and armed herself with a chopping board and two knives.
Leverseidge tried to run but Crumpler caught up and threw one of the knives which briefly went into his leg before hitting the ground.
The victim received eight stitches and said the incident left him ‘traumatised’.
In mitigation, Joey Kwong, said Crumpler had been ‘struggling’ with her mental health, not only on the day but for ‘some weeks prior to that’ and was ‘sorry’ for what had happened.
She had been in custody for six months awaiting her sentence.
He explained she had a spell on the streets when she was 16 and had an ‘abusive stepdad’.
Crumpler had a child in a previous relationship but moved to Stamford when that ended, losing her support network and, being unable to cope, turned to drugs.
At the time of the incident, Mr Kwong said Crumpler was facing eviction proceedings due to unpaid rent.
As well as the suspended sentence, she was also ordered to undergo a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 30 days.