Falkirk teen threatened to slash partner in Christmas Day row

An argument on Christmas Day over an online chat led to a violent stand off between a teenager and her partner which ended in her stabbing a kitchen door.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:00 am

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, Olivia Sinclair (19) had already admitted behaving in a threatening manner at her 22 Sinclair Place, Falkirk home on December 25 last year, telling her partner she would stab him. She then struck a door with the weapon.

Procurator fiscal depute Katie Cunningham said: “The accused and the complainer were in a relationship on and off for around three years. At 1am they were at the accused’s home address and an argument seems to have broken out over the accused chatting to someone on Snapchat.

"The accused was then on a phone call to a friend and during the call the complainer heard her tell her friend she was going to chuck him out of the property and wasn’t going to give him any money.

Sinclair appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court to answer for the threatening behaviour offence she committed

“At this point the complainer said he was going to call the police. The accused took hold of the phone and refused him access to it. She got a knife and began to thrust it against the kitchen door.

"The complainer was able to contact police and on the call they could hear the accused shouting and screaming at him to give her back the phone.”

She then stabbed the kitchen door and threatened to stab her partner.

The court heard the knife in question was eight inches long with a white handle.

Sinclair was unable to attend court on the last occasion because she had supposedly contracted COVID-19.

Gordon Addison, defence solicitor, said: “It appears she has recovered to appear at court. This a vulnerable young woman and a first offender if her partner had done what he was asked to do and left, none of this would have happened.”

Sinclair was said to have endured a difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic through isolation and loneliness – as well as supposedly catching the virus earlier this year.

Sheriff Richard Macfarlane placed Sinclair on a structured deferred sentence for six months with a review calling on May 20.

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