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Knife girl (18) in self-harm threat abused man in street

A TEENAGER who grabbed a kitchen knife and was planning to self-harm got into an argument with a man in the middle of the street after he tried to stop her, a court heard.

Shauna Hutch (18) was brandishing the knife and arguing with the man when gardai arrived on the scene.

She immediately dropped the kitchen knife when she saw the gardai.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in February.

Hutch, of Cappagh Drive in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour, resisting arrest by Garda Sean Kelly and the possession of a knife.

The incident took place at Lanesborough Square in Finglas on October 2 last.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to Lanesborough Square around 7am following reports that a number of people were involved in a fight.

Sgt Callaghan said Hutch was holding a kitchen knife in her hand, but dropped it when she saw gardai.

The sergeant said the defendant was very drunk, was fighting with a male and became very violent towards gardai when they intervened in the dispute.



Depression

The court heard that Hutch has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Mark Quinn said the defendant was at a party with some of her family in a friend's house.

Mr Quinn said Hutch suffered from depression and sometimes self-harmed.

An argument broke out in the house, and she took the knife to go and self-harm.

The solicitor said Hutch's family tried to stop her, and the incident escalated outside the house when she got involved in an argument with a second male.

He said she was very remorseful for her behaviour.

Mr Quinn said Hutch's father died in 2006 from an alcohol-related illness, and she received counselling following his death.

He said the defendant has had a difficult relationship with her mother, but was currently living at home.

The court heard that Hutch has family in Australia, and hopes to go out there next year, as she has an offer of work with her aunt.

Judge Brian Sheridan said he had concerns about Hutch having the knife.

The judge ordered a probation report, and adjourned sentencing to a date in February.

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