Mother in court for possession of knife

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A MOTHER-of-two has been handed a 16-week suspended jail sentence for brandishing a knife during a clash with her husband’s ex-partner.

Kerry Edwards, 30, of Durham Way, Thetford, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrate’ Court to using threatening, abusive words or behaviour with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against her. She also admitted a second charge of possession of a knife in a public place.

On Tuesday, Edwards also pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics worth £156.16 from Boots, in Thetford, and to breaching a conditional discharge that she received for a previous theft offence.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman said on October 8, Edwards returned home from her sister’s house after borrowing one of her kitchen knives.

When she got home she told her husband that she was going to sort out an ongoing problem with Ms Pickrell.

There was a loud bang at a downstairs window and she was confronted by Ms Pickrell.

After an exchange of words, Edwards began throwing mugs and glasses through the window at her husband’s former partner. She then brandished the knife. waving it around.

In the meantime, Edwards’ husband had taken the children upstairs and called the police.

When she was interviewed by police, Edwards admitted she had taken the knife from her sister’s house earlier that day and walked with it in her handbag.

Judge David Cooper dealt Edwards a 16-week suspended sentence and a curfew prohibiting her from leaving her home from 9pm to 6am until February 13. The knife was to be forfeited.

Edwards was also handed a 16-week concurrent suspended sentence for the cosmetics theft.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said that Edwards had only stolen from the shop so she could sell the items to spend on her children at Christmas.

Sentencing, Judge Cooper said: “I hope you manage to keep out of trouble for a year – alas you will have to go to prison.”