St Austell woman 'wanted to cut her heart out' in supermarket
A ST AUSTELL woman tried to kill herself in a supermarket, saying she wanted to cut her own heart out.
Rebecca Trudgeon, of Trenance Place, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Thursday, where she was sentenced after she admitted to being in the possession of a bladed article.
On July 27, this year, Trudgeon, 29, went to Co-op Moorland Road in St Austell, where she threatened to kill herself.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution service, said: “The defendant had entered the Co-op on Moorland Road. Her husband had followed her soon after and he found her in one of the aisles by which time she was holding a knife in her hand.”
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Mr Lee said her husband tried to disarm her before a member of Co-op staff grabbed the knife and she was restrained but Trudgeon shouted ‘let me finish the job, I want to die’.
The police were called and she was detained under the mental health act and later arrested and questioned.
Mr Lee said Trudgeon told officers she had gone into the store looking for a knife.
“She said ‘I was going to cut my heart out’,” he said. “She confirmed it was her intention to kill herself, she said it still was”
Martin Pearce, defending, said Trudgeon had a miscarriage on July 10.
He said: “Miss Trudgeon tells me that she was suffering from serious depression.”
Sentencing, Judge Erik Salomonsen said the offence was a serious one but that Trudgeon had already spent seven weeks in custody awaiting court hearings.
He sentenced her to a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision by the probation service and a requirement to attend a female offender’s activity programme.