A teenage 'Mr Hyde' who blacked out while attacking three police officers, a nurse and a security guard and trashing a Worcester hospital cubicle has been described as...
...both 'vulnerable' and 'brave'.
Oh. I suppose I should have expected that, these days...
Fergus Maxwell, defending, said: "This is a young lady who is 19 years old. This is her first encounter with the criminal justice system in the US or England. It would be fair to say she has never behaved in this manner previously."
So why is she behaving like it now?
Brought up in Florida, he said she had a difficult relationship with her mother in the US, finished high school and 'got involved with an undesirable young man' and began using drugs, specifically heroin. She flew from Orlando to Heathrow to become part of her father's family in Droitwich but 'wasn't made to feel particularly welcome', said the solicitor.
Gosh, that's hardly surprising, is it?
Magistrates imposed a 12 month community order to include 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days with an exclusion requirement not to attend her father's address at Woodmans Rise in Droitwich for the next six months.
Mr Shadwell, the chairman of the bench, said: "What we wanted to do was give all the parties compensation but there's a recognition you have got no money."
I'm surprised you didn't award the poor little lamb some money from the poor box to pay it...
They also made no order for costs and did not impose the statutory victim surcharge for the same reason. The court had earlier been told that Knight was not claiming UK benefits.
Is that out of the goodness of her heart, or because she's ineligible?