Mentally-ill Lowestoft woman given hospital order
A mentally-ill woman from Lowestoft who repeatedly breached an Anti-Social Behaviour Order by playing loud music in her Suffolk flat has been made the subject of a hospital order.
Margaret Jones-Bloss, 55, of Northgate, had denied five offences of breaching an Asbo, affray, damaging property and assaulting a police officer by beating.
A jury at Ipswich Crown Court found Jones-Bloss guilty of five offences of breaching an Asbo and affray but not guilty of damaging property and assaulting a police officer by beating after a trial in 2011.
The court had heard that Jones-Bloss, who lived in a first-floor flat, had repeatedly played loud music, to the annoyance of neighbours.
On one occasion when police went to her flat to speak to her she had refused to come downstairs to speak to an officer and threatened to slit officers' throats if they went into her garden.
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When an officer bent down to look through her letter box, Jones-Bloss had poked a knife through the opening from inside her flat.
Sentence was adjourned for a psychiatric report and yesterday Judge John Holt made Jones-Bloss the subject of a Restricted Hospital Order which means that she will only be released when the Home Secretary decides she is fit to be discharged.
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Judge Holt made the order after hearing evidence from psychiatrists that Jones-Bloss suffered from bipolar affective disorder and that she posed a significant risk to others while she was ill.