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Urmston woman carried out knife attack after being freed by court
Updated 10:32am Wednesday 12th February 2014 in News
A YOUNG woman carried out an unprovoked knife attack just one month after a judge freed her for smashing a brick into someone’s face for no reason.
Now, the judge has slammed the psychiatric reports commissioned following the first attack which ruled Jade Daniels, 21, was merely autistic.
He took the advice of the experts at the time and handed out a three-year community order.
She had left her victim, Angela Gray, 44, permanently scarred after hitting her with the brick in an unprovoked assault.
Judge Peter Lakin sentenced Daniels in November, 2012, but the following month, she struck again.
Daniels became enraged when her brother Ashley’s relationship with his girlfriend deteriorated and she vented her anger with a violent attack on the girlfriend’s parents, Stephen and Louise Jones, Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Armed with a kitchen knife, she visited their home in Alderley Road, Urmston, at 4pm on Christmas Day 2012.
Mrs Jones opened the front door and saw Daniels waving a seven-inch kitchen knife shouting ‘Stay away from my ******* brother’.
She slammed the door shut but Daniels lunged forwards with the knife and smashed a glass panel, the court was told.
Mrs Jones stepped back and closed an inner door but Daniels lunged at her again and broke another panel.
She was disarmed and arrested by police. Mrs Jones suffered cuts to her chin and arm from flying glass.
The court heard Daniels had now been diagnosed as psychotic instead of suffering from ‘high-functioning autism’, as declared by experts during the first court case.
Judge Lakin criticised the experts’ original judgement, saying: “Given Miss Daniels’ perceived difficulties at the time, this court required a number of reports in relation to her mental health. The opinion which the court received – finally – was unfortunate and now, it would seem, incomplete.
“Based upon that medical evidence that the court received I decided it was appropriate for Miss Daniels to be sentenced in the community and so she was made the subject of a three-year community order. She now stands to be sentenced for a further unprovoked offence less than two months into the community order.”
Daniels had been suffering from a ‘severe and enduring psychotic illness from about the age of 17’, the court heard.
The judge dismissed the advice of two experts and imposed a ‘section 41’ restriction onto the hospital order.
It means that only the secretary of state can sanction her release, not the secure hospital staff caring for her.
Daniels, formerly of Arundel Avenue, Urmston, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, assault, breach of a community order and possessing an offensive weapon.