Former pub chef made knife threats in street

Northampton Crown Court.
Northampton Crown Court.

A mum-of-two who pulled a knife on a woman in a street after she had been asked to stop shouting, will have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Simone Stripp, a former head chef at a Northampton pub, had a four-inch blade in her pocket when she was walking home shortly after midnight, on July 10 last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard Stripp was walking through a street shouting, when a woman in a nearby house asked her to be quiet.

She walked towards the house and asked her to come outside, before producing the weapon. The victim called for help and a neighbour disarmed Stripp, who had been drinking, the court heard.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, said: “When the argument was taking place, she pulled a knife out of her pocket.”

Stripp, aged 34, of Drywell Court, Standens Barn, admitted possession of a bladed article. The court heard she was also caught driving while banned on December 17, less than a month after being convicted of failing to provide a breath sample. She was dropping her children at school.

Avik Mukherjee, mitigating, said: “It is a bleak picture. She had a very turbulent 2013, which was down to the acrimonious break-up of her marriage.”

Sentencing Stripp, Judge Richard Bray said: “You produced a knife in the street to a lady who was only trying to quieten you down.” Stripp was also given community and alcohol treatment orders.