Mentally-ill Derbyshire knife man threatened to kill woman

A mentally-ill Derbyshire man who terrified a woman by hanging out of his window with a knife and threatening to kill her has been detained in hospital.

By Tim Cunningham
Thursday, 30th April 2020, 4:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 4:35 pm

Anthony Allen also shouted racist abuse at the woman as she walked down Perth Street, Derby, on April 3, last year, prosecutor Kat Shields told Derby Crown Court, on Thursday.

In early May, Allen made growling noises close to her and approached her for a lighter, and then stared at her.

And on May 21, when she came out of her home address with her child in a pushchair, he said: "You're going to die. I'm going to do it."

Derby Crown Court

Seven days later, as she was walking across Sussex Circus, Allen ran around the edge of the park so when she reached the end, he was in front of her.

He shouted: "Social services should have them off you. It's your fault."

The court heard Allen started offending "late in life" and the offences "were clearly linked to his mental condition.

Abi Joyce, mitigating, said Allen is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and has served the equivalent of an 18 month sentence.

But she added two psychiatrists recommended a hospital order, saying it would be in his own best interests.

Allen, 32, currently of the Kedleston Unit, at Kingsway Hospital, previously pleaded guilty to four offences under Section 4 of the Protection from Harassment Act.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said he was satisfied, on the evidence of the psychiatrists, that it was appropriate for him to impose a hospital order so Allen can receive the best treatment.