Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Boozed-up woman pulls out knife and slashes officer in her kitchen

A drunk woman was sprayed with PAVA in her own kitchen by police after she called them in an “agitated” and “almost incoherent” state.

Nicola Rodgers, 27, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday October 15 after she brandished a knife at police officers in her own home.

Constables Ryan Simpson and Agnieszka Gloc-Birecka were called to her first-floor flat at around 9pm on June 23, the Daily Record reports.

Upon their arrival, she pulled out a knife and made “stabbing motions” at the officers, cutting one as they attempted to disarm the 27-year-old.

Fiscal depute Lynsay Magro said Rodgers called police in an “agitated” and “almost incoherent” state.

Witnesses at the scene advised police Rodgers had been “drinking heavily” and hear Rodgers “shouting and screaming” when she was asked to open the door.

Ms Margo said: “Due to their concern about her welfare, they forced entry.

“The accused was visibly intoxicated and was screaming and shouting at the officers.

“The accused reached into the kitchen sink and pulled out the knife.”

Ms Magro said the officers were in “close proximity” as Rodgers made “multiple stabbing motions with the knife.”

She said the blade “narrowly missed the officers on each occasion” as they shouted at her to drop it.

PC Simpson then used his PAVA spray on Rodgers and she turned her head away, which is when officers pulled Rodgers to the kitchen floor to restrain her.

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Ms Magro said: “PC Simpson prised the knife from the grasp of the accused and sustained a minor laceration.”

The court was told Rodgers told police “I just want my lawyer” after being arrested.

Defence agent Euan Gosney said his client had “limited recollection” of the incident.

Rodgers admitted assaulting the officers and sheriff Donald Corke deferred sentence until next month.

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