Halstead woman jailed after attempting to stab man with screwdriver
A 21-year-old woman found guilty of attempting to stab a man with a screwdriver, following an incident involving an escaped dog, has been jailed for three years.
Zena Fourie, of Holmes Road, Halstead, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday after being convicted of charges of attempted wounding with intent, using threatening behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon and threatening a person with an offensive weapon.
The offences occurred on December 29 after Fourie confronted a couple, whose dog had escaped as they were leaving a friend’s house and jumped up to Fourie’s dog in the street at approximately 9.15pm.
Fourie was pulled away by a friend as the couple collected their dog, but, 15 minutes later, she went to an address in White Horse Avenue, Halstead, and knocked on the door.
When a man opened the door, Fourie lunged at him with a screwdriver, leaving a scratch to his stomach, and threatened the man’s wife while still holding the weapon, before walking home.
She was later arrested and charged by Braintree’s Local Policing Team (LPT), after officers identified her from CCTV footage.
In addition to the prison sentence, Fourie was also given a restraining order, to help protect her two victims.
Inspector Mark Cadd, of Braintree LPT, said: “Fourie flew into a rage over a minor coming together between her pet and another dog, who had escaped from a nearby home.
“This sort of coming together between two domestic animals happens on a regular basis in our lives. However, in this case, the level of reaction was extreme, as Fourie went home, grabbed a screwdriver and attempted to stab an innocent man on his own doorstep.
“The victim was nothing more than a friend of the couple, who had just waved them off.
“Fourie then threatened to harm his wife before walking off.
“Fortunately, the victim was not seriously hurt and I hope, with Fourie locked in prison, this offers some justice to him and his partner.”