'Pirate' in court

PUBLISHED: 10:11 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:22 02 June 2010

A WOMAN found dressed as a pirate and wielding a knife and drinking alcohol on the Freedom Bridge roundabout in Wisbech is to be assessed, to see if she is suitable for mental health and alcohol treatment. At an earlier hearing, magistrates heard Dixon wa

A WOMAN found dressed as a pirate and wielding a knife and drinking alcohol on the Freedom Bridge roundabout in Wisbech is to be assessed, to see if she is suitable for mental health and alcohol treatment.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates heard Dixon was dressed in a pirate's hat, striped trousers and a long coat on the day she was seen with the kitchen knife.

She told police she had gone on to the roundabout to talk to the rabbits, and had found the knife among the decorative rocks.

Dixon had also admitted being drunk and disorderly at the Rose and Crown Hotel, in Wisbech, and stealing audio tapes, an ink cartridge and a wallet belonging to the Hotel's owner Jonathan Davies.

She had been banned from the hotel at the time, and was found under a table, filling a bag with the stolen items. When prevented from leaving, Dixon kicked out and waved a violin around.

Solicitor Kay Younas told Fenland magistrates this week: "It was a one-off incident. She was going through a very traumatic time."

Sentencing was adjourned until March 12, for the probation service to assess Dixon's suitability for a mental health treatment requirement and an alcohol treatment requirement as part of a community penalty.

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