A woman has appeared in court following two mental health-related incidents in Swindon.
Chelsea Gilliver, 26, was charged with causing a public nuisance by threatening to jump off a bridge and possession of a locking knife in a public place.
The defendant, of Islandsmead, Eldene, previously pleaded guilty to the blade offence and appeared before Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 4 March for sentence.
The court heard how Wiltshire Police were called to a welfare concern at Coate Water Country Park on 24 November 2021.
Responding officers found two women in a car, both of whom had taken overdoses, and during a search, Gilliver was found in possession of a locking Stanley knife.
Stephen Collins, defending, told of how his client suffers from severe mental health issues.
Magistrates imposed a conditional discharge. This means the defendant will not be convicted of the crime unless she receives a conviction for another offence within the next 12 months.
A charge of causing a public nuisance – relating to an incident on 27 October 2021 whereby she took Oxicodene and threatened to jump off a bridge over a road – was withdrawn by the prosecution.
The case was sent back to Wiltshire Police and Gilliver will instead face a caution in relation to the incident.
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