“You were effectively launching a frightening and ferocious attack on the door to get to this man.”
A 22-year-old woman chased a man down the street with a knife after she became enraged because he was “staring at her,” an English court heard this week.
Carla Couperthwaite is seen in surveillance footage from last month attacking the door of a Bolton, England convenience store with a steak knife, the Bolton News reported Thursday.
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She had been drinking with friends when she noticed a man looking at her in a “troubling” manner, her attorney said. That’s when she chased the man, who ran into a local convenience store to escape. According to the Manchester Evening News, Couperthwaite spent five minutes stabbing at the door until a second man passed by and was alarmed at the sight of her knife.
“You were effectively launching a frightening and ferocious attack on the door to get to this man,” Judge Timothy Stead told Couperthwaite in court. “Fortunately there was another woman trying to calm you down and she managed to get the knife off you.”
She then set upon the hapless bystander, knocking him to the ground and kicking him, but refraining from using the knife on him.
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Prosecutor Joshua Bowker said a shop owner recalled coming upon the scene and seeing Couperthwaite “frothing at the mouth” while on the ground.
Couperthwaite has a long rap sheet, which includes violent offenses. Her attorney said his client began drinking at age 13 to deal with a lack of self-esteem. Couperthwaite pleaded guilty to affray and possessing a bladed article in a public place.
Stead, who adjourned sentencing until he could examine the weapon used in the attack, referenced the “concerning national issue” of knife attacks in the United Kingdom. “The current climate amounts to it being mentioned every time you turn on the television news,” he said.
Knife violence has soared in the UK in recent years, sparking widespread public outcry and concern. In the 12 months ending September 2018 there were 39,818 knife crimes in England and Wales, according to Home Office figures. This is a 66 percent increase from the 12 months ending March 2014, where 23,945 knife crimes occurred.
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