Heroin addict threatened man with knife in his own home after first raiding his fridge

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A heroin addict who threatened a Northampton man with a knife after she was caught burgling his home said jail would be the best place for her.

Cherise Winfarrah, of no fixed abode, was given a three year prison sentence at Northampton Crown Court yesterday for charges of robbery and burglary, which relate an incident on May 21 last year.

Prosecuting, Rachel Law, said the 33-year-old was seen standing outside a man’s home in Northampton shouting obscenities on the night in question and alleging that the man was a ‘paedophile’.

When Winfarrah discovered the man was not inside the property, she forced open the bottom panel of the door and crawled through.

Miss Law said that two witnesses living nearby saw her go through the man’s fridge, before crawling back out with a carrier bag of food.

However, as she was leaving the house, the man who lived there returned and an altercation ensued.

“She kept shouting to him ‘give me your phone’,” Miss Law continued. “The man sat down on the sofa and the defendant struck him with both hands to the forehead and the bridge of his nose.

“She hit him again with her fists and he continued to bleed.

“Witnesses heard the defendant say ‘I’ve got a knife’.”

Miss Law said Winfarrah, who has 24 convictions from 50 offences, was last seen leaving the property with the carrier bag.

The sentencing hearing yesterday had been adjourned by Judge Rupert Mayo in October, to give her a chance to continue her progress with a probation drug rehabilitation course.

But the court heard she had relapsed into heroin addiction since October.

“You had every opportunity to prove yourself,” Judge Mayo said,” but you haven’t taken it.

“I have no choice but to rip up the deferred sentence provisions.”

Defending for her, Maxine Krone, said Winfarrah was “sorry” for what she has done and said she had relapsed because her mother and a friend had died since October.

Mrs Krone said: “She was struggling, she was back on heroin and methadone.

“She accepts that she will be going to prison but acknowledges that is the best place for her to get the help she needs.”