Drug user held 10-inch knife to his ‘pet­ri­fied’ mum’s throat

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - LIZ DAY liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

A DRUG user who started smok­ing cannabis aged 11 held a “vi­cious” 10-inch kitchen knife to his mum’s throat when she re­fused to give him money.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Evan Jenkins threat­ened to punch his mother when she asked him to be quiet, be­fore los­ing his tem­per, flip­ping a ta­ble and grab­bing a kitchen knife.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read out in court, his mother, Lisa Maiden, said she was fright­ened for her life.

The court heard the in­ci­dent oc­curred at her home in Brackla, Brid­gend, on Au­gust 15.

Ju­lian Green­wood, pros­e­cut­ing, said she re­turned from shop­ping to find her son smok­ing cannabis in the liv­ing room after tak­ing Val­ium.

He told the court Jenkins asked her for £10 and threat­ened to punch her when she asked him to be quiet.

Prose­cu­tors said the de­fen­dant asked for more money, be­fore telling her he would take it from her bank ac­count and “bleed her dry”.

The court heard Jenkins lost his tem­per when his mother told him she was go­ing to call the po­lice.

Mr Green­wood said he flipped a ta­ble and smashed a glass, be­fore go­ing into the kitchen to get the knife.

A wit­ness de­scribed him as “ag­i­tated” and said he held the blade to his mother’s neck as she was on the phone to the po­lice.

The prose­cu­tor de­scribed it as a “se­ri­ous in­ci­dent”.

He added: “The in­ci­dent was not in iso­la­tion. This be­hav­iour was the last straw.”

In her vic­tim im­pact state­ment, Ms Maiden said: “Through­out the in­ci­dent, I was pet­ri­fied. I was fright­ened for my life.”

Mr Green­wood asked for a re­strain­ing or­der to be made.

Jenkins, 19, of Ewenny Road, Brid­gend, who ap­peared via video link from HM Prison Cardiff, ad­mit­ted com­mon as­sault and af­fray.

Stu­art McLeese, de­fend­ing, said his client started smok­ing cannabis aged 11 and tak­ing Val­ium aged 15.

He stressed he had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and en­tered guilty pleas at the first op­por­tu­nity.

The de­fence bar­ris­ter said: “He apol­o­gises to his mother and the court for this be­hav­iour, which he ac­cepts was wholly un­ac­cept­able.”

He added: “He has learnt his les­son.”

Mr McLeese asked for the case to be ad­journed for a pre-sen­tence re­port, but the judge said im­me­di­ate cus­tody was the only op­tion.

Recorder Richard Wil­liams noted the in­ci­dent was “ter­ri­fy­ing” for the vic­tim and de­scribed the knife as a “vi­cious im­ple­ment”.

Jenkins was sent to a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion for six months and a fiveyear re­strain­ing or­der was im­posed.

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