Woman guilty of threatening to kill

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A 43-YEAR-OLD Scarborough woman has admitted threatening to kill a council staff member while she was being treated in Scarborough Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.

Sharon Lawson, of Barrowcliff Road, had previously denied the offence but pleaded guilty to two charges ahead of a planned trial at Scarborough magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that Lawson was found during the early hours of Thursday, April 21, while she was in an intoxicated state and was distressed at the time because of personal issues.

Jenni Kilvington, prosecuting, said she was taken to the hospital at 1.10am where she started threatening to harm herself.

She added that staff were concerned for her well-being – especially when she started making threats about a certain named individual. “They were concerned of her leaving the hospital because of the state she was in. She was saying ‘I’m going to go down to Dean Road and kill her,” she said.

She added that staff contacted Scarborough Police and when they arrived Lawson said “I can’t believe you took the threats seriously”.

The court heard that the defendant had no previous convictions.

Marcus Topham, in mitigation, said the defendant had not made the threats directly towards the individual in question.

He added: “She’d gone out that evening alone to the Lord Rosebery where she had a bottle of wine and four pints – it was a large amount for a lady of her stature.”

Mr Topham added that she became quite inebriated as a result and an ambulance was called.

He said: “Voluntary intoxification is not a defence. She made the threats but has no recollection having made them. She is of previous good character – she has never come to the attention of the authorities whatsoever.

“My client has had serious problems, not of her own design, since she was a young girl.”

He said that the problems had affected her capability to deal with situations and come up with strategies to resolve conflict.

“On this occasion she has become drunk and made these outbursts – she regrets this,” he said.

“The victim hasn’t been made aware of the threat. My client has made no attempt to meet her since the incident and she won’t meet her again,” he said.

Mr Topham said that his client had volunteered for counselling to tackle the problem.

The magistrates adjourned the case until next week so that the probation service could prepare an all options pre-sentence report.