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Mereworth teenager Lily Johnson detained indefinitely after stabbing Joshua Weston after pulling knife from bra

03 July 2014
by Keith Hunt
A teenage girl has been detained indefinitely in hospital under the Mental Health Act after admitting stabbing a man she met the day before.
 
Maidstone Crown Court heard Lily Johnson sat astride Joshua Weston “in an affectionate manner” and then pulled a large kitchen knife from her bra.
 
The petite blonde stabbed the victim at least twice on August 30 last year in his arm and nipple. She later told police she did not realise the knife had not gone right through him.
 
The trial is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court

The trial is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court

 
Johnson, of Butchers Lane, Mereworth, near Maidstone, denied attempted murder and wounding with intent but admitted unlawful wounding.
 
Psychiatrist Dr Catherine Kinane said the 19-year-old suffered from “emotionally unstable personality disorder” and recommended detention in hospital without limit of time.
 
Johnson, who was accompanied in the dock by three nurses, will be treated in the Trevor Gibbens psychiatric unit at Maidstone Hospital.
 
“He (Weston) was a victim of a very frightening incident. He didn’t want retribution or for her to be the subject of criminal proceedings at all" - Judge Carey
 
Judge Jeremy Carey said Johnson had “used violence and expressed herself in a way that she means it and may do it again”.
 
He told her: “You are an intelligent person and I have little doubt you understand.
 
"It is to be hoped for your sake and the sake of the public that the care you will receive over the next months and years will enable you to live safely in the community.
 
“You can now get on with the help of others with addressing the very considerable difficulties you have.”
 
The judge said the order did not ignore the victim and commended him for his “restraint in difficult circumstances”.
 
He added: “He was a victim of a very frightening incident. He didn’t want retribution or for her to be the subject of criminal proceedings at all. He expressed his concern for her.”

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