Woman took blade to pub ‘in case she needed to stab ex-boyfriend’

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A WOMAN who took a knife to a meeting with her “dangerous” ex-boyfriend has been spared jail.

Lisa Maxwell told police she was carrying the weapon in case she needed to stab her former partner, who she has a court injunction against to keep him away from her.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 34-year-old had agreed to meet her ex at a Wetherspoon’s in Washington on January 29.

She was caught with the kitchen knife when she went on to the Last Orders bar in Speculation Place. When officers asked why she was carrying the weapon, she said “in case I need to stab him”.

Maxwell, of Glendale Avenue, Usworth, Washington, admitted having an offensive weapon.

Judge Brian Forster QC said: “The knife could have been taken from her by someone and could have been used on her. Anything could have happened, that is the danger.”

Judge Forster sentenced Maxwell, who has never been in trouble before, to a community order for 12 months with a two-month night-time curfew.

Amanda Rippon, defending, said: “It was extremely stupid to meet this man. He is violent, aggressive and dangerous.

“She should have told the police he was pestering her. In drink she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“She wanted to meet him to ask him to leave her alone, taking the knife with her.

“It was the most stupid thing she has ever done.”