Court order for woman who cut arm

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A woman cut her arm with a scalpel in front of her neighbours which included a two- year-old child, a magistrates’ court was told.

In doing so, Christine Hall breached one of the terms of her anti social behaviour order which forbids her to self harm in public.

Former nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Hall, 54, of Kittiwake Close,Cleveleys, admitted the breach when she appeared before District Judge Joanna Hurst sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Jackie Garrett, prosecuting, said the two-year-old was playing on her scooter in the street near the defendant’s home when Hall came out into the street.

The court was told that she then blocked the child’s pathway saying: “No, why are you doing this to me?”

A few minutes later Hall was seen sitting on her front step.

The court heard she was seen holding a scalpel and blood was dripping down her arm.

Police were called to the scene.

When interviewed Hall claimed she was being “bullied”.

She told the police: “The children are always looking through my window and my dog barks.”

“I have been bullied by neighbours.”

The judge was told that in probation and psychiatric reports on Hall it was suggested she needed treatment not punishment.

Hall –a divorcee who lives on benefits – was given a 12 month community order by the judge.

Under the order she will be supervised by probation workers.

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