“Disturbed” teenager who damaged car when she jumped 12 feet is sent back to prison

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A judge has locked up a “disturbed” teenager for three months after telling her there was no other constructive way of dealing with her case.

Emma Smith, 19, damaged a brand new Vauxhall Zafira car when she jumped off a wall in Halifax and also spat in the face of a police officer who was trying to handcuff her, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Following her arrest, Smith, of no fixed abode, said: “Good. I want to go back to prison.”

Prosecutor Andrew Stranex said Smith had been released from an earlier custodial sentence on July 20 and in the subsequent days the police were contacted on a number of occasions.

“Those calls were all in relation to allegations that either she had been subjected to some sort of assault or that she was threatening to cause harm to herself,” said Mr Stranex.

On July 22, the police received a number of calls from concerned members of public saying that a female was on a bridge in Halifax. Police arrived and tried to speak to Smith but she was abusive. Smith then jumped 12 feet off a wall into the car dealership below, landing on the brand new Zafira vehicle.

Although Smith appeared to be unresponsive initially she then became abusive to the officers who went to her aid.

Smith admitted offences of causing a public nuisance, criminal damage and common assault. The court heard she had 12 convictions for similar offending and had been locked up before.

Barrister Rebecca Hirst, for Smith, said she had been instructed to ask the judge to pass a custodial sentence.

Recorder Bernard Gateshill said if there was a sentence he could realistically pass which would allow Smith’s release with care and assistance from the probation service and the psychiatric service he would pass it. “But as things stand at the moment there is no constructive course of action in your case,” said the judge. “I hope that when you are releasedthat you will be able to accept some of the help that’s available to you.”