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Drunk teen cut man's hand in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 10:11 16 October 2010

An angry, drunken teenager who picked up a kitchen knife, cut a man's hand when he went to disarm her, a court heard.

Leah Drane, 18, had been drinking with friends and went back to an address in Woodrow Place, Thorpe Hamlet, for the party to carry on drinking, when she became involved in a scuffle, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Malcolm Robins, prosecuting said that Drane picked up a five-inch bladed kitchen knife and started waving it around.

Mr Robins said that a witness described her as “looking out of control”.

Andrew Russen’s hand got cut with the knife and he also damaged his jacket when he disarmed her and made her drop the knife.

Police were called and Drane was later arrested.

Drane, of Earlham Grove, Norwich, admitted affray on February 28 this year.

Judge Simon Barham ordered her to do 80 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a two-year community order with 18 months supervision, under which she will get help for her anger.

She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Russen and pay another £100 to be split between two others in the group who were slightly injured in the scuffle.

Judge Simon Barham told her: “This sort of behaviour by you must not be repeated.”

He said unless she controlled her behaviour her sentences would get more serious.

Michael Clare, for Drane, said: “She had too much to drink and on top of her medication it produced an angry reaction. She is an angry young woman.”

He said that since the offence she had done some “growing up.”

“She is sorry for what happened.”

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