Police taser Sunderland woman who slashed at them with a paint scraper

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A WOMAN was tasered after she tried to attack police during a stand-off on a city bridge.

Officers were trying to help Donna Mooney who was threatening to jump from Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland when she lashed out.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old made a slashing motion towards police with the paint scraper she was carrying.

One constable at the scene said he felt there was “no doubt she would have attacked one of the officers”.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court: “She was described as waving the weapon towards one of the officers in a sideways slashing motion.

“Due to her behaviour, a decision was taken to taser her.

“It happened on an a very high bridge and caused extreme concern.”

Nigel Barnes, defending, said Mooney had a “horrendous” upbringing and had recently stopped taking long-term medication she was on, leading to her having suicidal thoughts and trying to cut herself with the blunt scraper.

Mr Barnes said: “This is a woman who was ill at the time, rather than a woman who set out with criminal intent.”

Judge James Goss QC sentenced Mooney to a community order with supervision for 18 months and a three-month night-time curfew.

The judge said he accepted Mooney was in a “bad way” at the time.

Mooney, of Southwick Road, Sunderland, had admitted having an offensive weapon.