Teenager Who Threatened Partner With Four Knives Escapes Jail

PUBLISHED: 13:58 12 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 04 May 2010

A TEENAGER who took four kitchen knives into the street after rowing with her partner over a bus ticket escaped a jail sentence this week. Nineteen-year-old Sade Clegg-Martin was instead given a two-year supervision order by Ely magistrates. We feel the

A TEENAGER who took four kitchen knives into the street after rowing with her partner over a bus ticket escaped a jail sentence this week.

Nineteen-year-old Sade Clegg-Martin was instead given a two-year supervision order by Ely magistrates.

"We feel the offence was extremely near the custody threshold," presiding magistrate Maggie Holling told Clegg-Martin. "But we have decided on a community penalty, because you have no previous convictions, you pleaded guilty, and you co-operated with the police."

Prosecuting, Olivia Gooding told how Clegg-Martin and David Walters had argued over a bus ticket on August 16, and Clegg Martin had "ranted and raved," and items in their home were smashed.

Mr Walters locked the door to stop Clegg-Martin getting out. There was a further argument, and she punched and slapped her partner in the face numerous times, leaving him with reddening to the nose, and a mark on his knee where he was kicked.

"The defendant left the house carrying four knives," said Ms Gooding, "the victim tried to detain her, and she kicked him."

When police arrived, Clegg-Martin, of Berry Close, Stretham, showed officers where she had hidden a knife.

At an earlier hearing, the teenager had admitted having four knives in Wilburton Road at Stretham, and assaulting Mr Walters.

Mitigating, Adam Haselhurst said Clegg-Martin had not brandished the knives. "After she left the property she thought better of it, and hid them," he said.

Clegg-Martin - who is still in a relationship with Mr Walters - had been in an emotional state at the time of the offence.

"They are very much together and intend to be so for a lengthy period of time," he added. "It is clear that she has issues that need addressing, she has had a number of difficulties in her life. There are anger management issues that can be addressed by the probation service.

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