A woman who threatened an ambulance crew with a knife as they tried to help her after she had self-harmed has been ordered to co-operate with mental health treatment.
Katie Purcell, aged 25, of Wychwood Close, Bishop’s Tachbrook, at the time, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence.
And at Warwick Crown Court she was given a community order with 18 months supervision and an 18-month mental health treatment requirement.
Prosecutor Andrew Wilkins said at a previous hearing that in early September last year Purcell was living by herself, but because of her health difficulties had the assistance of a support worker.
On September 4 she took an overdose, complaining to the support worker that she needed more care.
When the woman called the emergency services, Purcell became racially abusive, and made threats towards her.
As a result of that incident Purcell later appeared before magistrates who gave her a conditional discharge.
But on September 26 the police were called to her home by a friend who said that Purcell had cut herself, so officers asked for an ambulance to attend as well.
When the ambulance crew arrived Purcell handed them some razor blades – but kept a small knife concealed in her clothing. Having been put into the ambulance, she then produced the knife and threatened the crew who let her out; and she was then arrested.
Purcell was taken to Leamington police station where she spat at the custody sergeant, and when she was then seen by a police doctor she hurled racial abuse at him.
Mr Wilkins added that following the incidents at the police station, Purcell was taken to St Michael’s psychiatric hospital in Warwick for treatment.
Sentencing Purcell, following an adjournment, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told her: “It is clear you need help rather than anything else.”
“If it was not for that, it would be a prison sentence, but it’s much more important that you get the assistance you need. I hope you can use this help to get back on track again.”