Drunken Pendle mum threatened to rip off social worker’s head

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court
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A drunken Pendle mum who terrorised a social worker when she threatened to rip her head off has been sent on an alcohol programme.

The woman (33) unleashed a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse at Lucy Riding and told her she would kill her during the outburst at her home, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were earlier told how the mum had flown into a rage after her children’s school reported they thought she might have been drunk when she picked them up and police and the social worker arrived on her doorstep.

Officers then found the defendant’s “ex-partner/current partner”, who has been to prison for assaulting her, at the property, under a bed.

He shouldn’t have been there, as he was subject to a restraining order.

The defendant, who blamed Ms Riding for bringing the police officers to her door, tried to stop him from being arrested.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and obstructing police.

She was given a 12-month community order with a six-month alcohol treatment requirement and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

The defendant was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and was fined £15.

Prosecutor Mrs Alex Mann told the earlier hearing the defendant had called herself, at some point, an alcoholic.

She continued: “Lucy Riding was at the address for a proper reason, whether the defendant wanted her there or not.”

Mrs Mann said police knocked on the mother’s door and could hear a female shouting.

The defendant, who smelled of alcohol, came downstairs and was thought to be drunk.

The defendant was waving her arms around and when the officer left the room she became aggressive towards Ms Riding, demanding to know: “Why have you brought them here? You can get out of my house.”

Mrs Mann said the police then came downstairs with the defendant’s partner and she told them: “You are not taking him. You are not going.”

Once he had been put in the police car, the defendant shouted: “Get off him, you are not arresting him.”

An officer took hold of her to push her away and she then walked right up to Ms Riding’s face, and from about six inches away, threatened: “I will kill you. You got him arrested. I will rip your head off.”

She continued the tirade as the victim walked to her car, again telling Ms Riding: “I will kill you. I will rip your head off.”

The victim told police she was scared by what happened and that the woman was out of control.

She continued: “I thought when she came up to me and started screaming that she was going to hurt me. When I sat in my car I was shaking. In my opinion, she was drunk at the time.”

Mrs Mann added officers checked on the children and discovered they were “completely fine” and there was no suggestion of any issues or neglect.

Glenn Smith, in mitigation, said the defendant had been upset by the visit to her home.

The solicitor continued: “When the social worker and police came, the presence of a third party has not helped the situation, perhaps adding another dimension of emotion to it.

Mr Smith added: “She has apologised to Lucy Riding since all this for her behaviour on that particular occasion.”