Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman

Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman

Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman

First published in News

A 23-year-old woman with mental health issues has been given a suspended sentence for a string of offences.

Rachel Pearce, of Halifax Road in Keighley, admitted assaulting a police constable, possessing a bladed article and making nuisance phone calls. She was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision and a medium-level activity order, at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.

Pearce admitted persistently making use of the public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety; using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Airedale Hospital, Steeton; possessing a pointed article in a public place, razor blades; and assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty.

Her solicitor, Paul Fitzpatrick, said agencies had been slow to get involved in her case when she moved from Leeds to Keighley. A psychiatric report said she had an “extremely complex clinical picture”, with no quick solution.

But Mr Fitzpatrick said she was taking small steps in the right direction.

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