Grangemouth addict used her crutch to batter victim

A diminutive drug addict used her own crutch to attack a woman and later armed herself with scissors and a rolling pin during another incident.

By Court Reporter
Monday, 12th July 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 12th July 2021, 2:52 pm

Brenda Black (48), who reportedly requires crutches to walk with due to her health condition, struck the woman from behind because there had supposedly been “friction” between them and the victim had reportedly been “egging” Black on.

The attack left the victim with a head wound that required glue and stitches.

Black appeared from custody via video link from Polmont YOI at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, having pleaded guilty to the assault she committed at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on October 15, 2019.

Black attacked another patient with a crutch at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

She also admitted behaving in a threatening manner and possessing offensive weapons – a pair of scissors and a rolling pin – in Beauly Court, Grangemouth, on May 2 last year.

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Xander Van der Scheer, procurator fiscal depute, said: “The accused was within the ward at Forth Valley Royal Hospital at midnight. The witness was in the TV room when she was struck from behind with a walking crutch.

"She fell to the floor and felt blood pouring down her face. Medical staff attended to her injury and said she had been struck on the head by the accused.”

Black was arrested.

The court heard she had been in custody since May 6, after she attended at court and asked for her bail to be removed.

It was stated there was “friction” between Black and the witness, who had supposedly been “egging” Black on, making allegations about Black and another patient.

The witness had a head wound which had to be closed with glue and steri-strips.

Sheriff Simon Collins QC said: “She has a pretty bad record to put it mildly and this was a nasty assault on a fellow patient.”

For the assault offence, Black, 48 Beauly Court, Grangemouth, was placed on a supervised community payback order for two years with the requirement she attend CADS. A review was fixed for three month’s time on October 7.

Sentence was deferred on the offensive weapon offence for a restriction of liberty order assessment and Black was released from custody.

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