Teenager Who Threatened Partner With Four Knives Escapes Jail
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.
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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."
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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.