Knife-wielding woman terrified Rugby man on his own doorstep - The Rugby Observer

Knife-wielding woman terrified Rugby man on his own doorstep

A ‘TERRIFIED’ Rugby man opened his door to be confronted by a woman who pulled out a knife and began stabbing the door as he quickly slammed it shut.

The man, who had no idea who his would-be attacker Hayley McKinnon was, said he feared for his life and ‘that she was going to come through the door and get me’.

And at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told McKinnon he would be ‘failing in my public duty’ if he did not impose an immediate prison sentence.

McKinnon, 40, of Warwick Street, Daventry, was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and causing criminal damage.

Jamie Scott, prosecuting, said that on a Sunday evening in May, a man was in his flat in Rugby when someone buzzed from outside, so he allowed them access to the block.

He then opened the door of his flat and saw McKinnon, who he had never seen before – and when she asked him whether he knew her, he said he did not.

McKinnon repeatedly insisted that he did know her and, becoming increasingly aggressive, pulled out a kitchen knife and began stabbing the door.

The frightened resident quickly slammed the door shut and called the police as McKinnon kept shouting and stabbing at the door about a dozen times.

She had left by the time the police arrived, and when officers found her in Albert Street just after midnight, she still had the knife on her.

McKinnon, who had previous convictions for offences including causing damage and arson, was arrested, but said she had been drinking and could not remember what had taken place, added Mr Scott.

David Coyle, defending, said: “I accept this matter clearly crosses the custody threshold, and I also concede, as does Miss McKinnon, that this must have been very frightening for the complainant.

“She meant him no harm. She says she wouldn’t have hurt him, but the complainant wouldn’t have known that.”

Asking the judge to follow a recommendation in the pre-sentence report, Mr Coyle said McKinnon successfully combatted a crack cocaine addiction 12 years ago, so can tackle her addiction to alcohol, which she was now free from after spending 106 days in prison on remand.

And he pointed out that a psychiatrist who has seen McKinnon believes the prison environment ‘will have a detrimental effect on her’.

But jailing McKinnon, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC quoted from the victim’s statement, in which he said: “I have never been in such a threatening situation. I was terrified. I feared for my life. When she was banging on the door, I thought she was going to come through and get me.”

And Judge Lockhart told McKinnon: “He opened his flat door and found you standing outside, and you pulled a knife you had plainly been carrying for some time and started stabbing at the door.

“A more terrifying event is hard to know of, when someone is in their own home. Only a custodial sentence can be justified.

“In the light of the fact that this was such a serious offence, I find myself driven to conclude that I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you immediately to custody.”

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