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Teenager who injured church steward in frenzied stabbing attack sentenced to seven years

by Premier Journalist

A teenage girl who subjected a church steward in the UK to a vicious stabbing attack in January has been sentenced to seven years in a young offender's institution.

Cody Farrimond, 19, was high on drugs and alcohol when she broke into Brownley Green Methodist Church in Wythenshawe, Manchester, on 19th January of this year. 

Prosecutor Richard Vardon described the horrific attack in detail, saying "Mr Davis, who was the steward, received an alert on his mobile phone which indicated an alarm had been activated at the premises". 

Vardon continued: "[Davis] found the defendant and escorted her from the premises but an hour later he received a further call to his mobile telephone indicating the alarm had been activated again.

"Mr Davis, who was with his wife, went around the building looking for the cause of this disturbance to the property. His wife went towards the chapel and suddenly was engulfed by foam from a fire extinguisher set off by the defendant. Mr Davis pushed his wife to one side and saw the defendant with a tight hood around her face.

"She sprayed the extinguisher into his face and then threw the extinguisher itself at him which hit his shoulder. They both slipped on the foam from the extinguisher and Mr Davis pushed the defendant into an alcove.

"She fell with her hands under her chest and he held her shoulders down but she continued to struggle, and such was the ferocity of the struggle she managed to lift the 18 stone Mr Davis off the ground. At that stage she was making threats to him saying she needed to 'shoot up.'"

She lashed out and cut his hands during the attack. 

When police arrived, Farrimond started slashing wildly at the officers. "She also spat at officers and was banging her head against the floor of the van," Vardon added. 

Farrimond pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, attempted GBH, attempting to wound with intent to resist arrest, possession of a large kitchen knife, having a Stanley knife, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, battery, assaulting emergency workers, possession of a class A drug and damaging property.

Paul Treble, defending her, said his client "can’t really recall very much of what happened.

"There are features which suggest how intoxicated this young lady was and that does explain why she behaved so grossly," he added. "She was very deeply disturbed and upset that day".

Judge Patrick Field QC said: "It is a mark of how agitated and out of control you were that you, somebody of considerably smaller build than Mr Davis, was able in that struggle to lift that 18 stone man off the floor. You should be thoroughly ashamed of your behaviour. You should reflect upon what you did, and the fear and distress you caused to those people."

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