Attacker banned from contacting sister after threat

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A WOMAN has been banned from contacting her sister after attacking and harassing her in a string of drunken rages.

Philipa Reed set upon her sibling following a dispute.

The 37-year-old threatened her sister with a knife, said she would kill her and assaulted her on separate occasions.

She later told police she was drunk at the time and could not remember what she had done, saying she meant her sister no harm.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Reed’s sister attended her Gosport home on November 26 when asked for help.

But on arrival she but discovered Reed was in drink and ‘very confrontational’.

She left and later returned, when Reed attacked her.

Christopher Wing, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant charged forward and punched her a number of time on the shoulder.

‘The victim then pushed Ms Reed away.’

Mr Wing said Reed punched and kicked her sister ‘a number of times’.

Still in drink at 5am the next morning, Reed went to her sister’s home but was told to go away.

The court heard Reed bent down, picked up a knife from near some bins and lunged at her sister saying she was going to kill her.

She continued to shout outside after her sister managed to shut the door, then left.

When police arrested her at her home Reed was drunk and there were two knives, both with 9-10in blades on the floor in her lounge. Reed was later released on bail but continued to abuse her sister.

She left a barrage of voicemails and text messages between January 16 and 19 when she was arrested again after going to her sister’s address.

Reed, of Boyd Road, Gosport, admitted possessing an article with a blade or point, one count of harassment and one count of assault by beating.

She was sentenced to 32 weeks in jail suspended for two years.

Reed was put under supervision for a year and told to have six months of treatment for alcohol dependency.

She was also given a restraining order banning her from contact her sister or attending her home address for two years.

Addressing Reed, Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘You are fortunate you are not getting an immediate custodial sentence.’