Wakefield woman kept nurse prisoner

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A WOMAN who held a psychiatric nurse prisoner and threatened her with a knife has been jailed for three years.

Angela Senior, 41, locked Alison Anderson in her home in Wakefield before demanding her handbag and car keys and told her “You are going nowhere.”

Leeds Crown Court heard Mrs Anderson had been visiting Senior for around a year to help her with a long standing depressive illness when the incident happened on November 25 last year.

Senior had failed to take her medication and instead drunk two bottles of Taboo and wrote a suicide note when Mrs Anderson went to her home on George Street, Streethouse.

Senior then locked the door when the concerned nurse tried to leave the house to make a phone call. She then pulled a knife from her dressing gown and demanded her car keys.

Mrs Anderson, 48, managed to run upstairs and barricade herself in a bedroom and call police after Senior took tablets and became sick.

Chloe Fairley, prosecuting, said Senior then managed to forced the bedroom door ajar and swung the knife but stabbed the window sill.

She then smashed a television and cut her wrists with the glass.

Mrs Anderson’s 30-minute ordeal ended when police arrived and arrested Senior. Miss Fairley told the court Mrs Anderson had never experienced anything as frightening in 20 years of doing her job.

Senior pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and theft.

John Dunning, for Senior, said she had been diagnosed as suffering from an emotional instability disorder. The offence occurred at a time when she had domestic problems.

Jailing Senior, Recorder Richard Mansell said: “You are in my view a very dangerous lady – only because of your mental health problems, not from any innate nastiness. You were utterly and totally out of control.”

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