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Stroud mum snapped and threatened neighbour after loud music and laughter

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

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LOUD music and laughter caused a mum, who had not been sleeping, to snap and threaten her neighbour with a knife.

Mum Sharon Bishop avoided a jail sentence despite getting out the eight inch blade kitchen knife and threatening to stab her neighbour, Sophie Driver.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Bishop, 26, had not been taking her medication or sleeping when she was pushed over the edge because of the music.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said the single mum lived in a terrace house in Nursery Close, Stroud on February 22.

She said: “The neighbours had very little to do with each other except on a previous occasion where Miss Driver had been asked politely to turn the music down.

“Miss Driver and four friends were playing music as they got ready to go out. At 11pm they heard a knock at the door.”

Bishop threatened to kill Miss Driver if she did not lower the volume, which they did.

Shortly after Miss Driver went to let her cat out before she saw Bishop coming out of her home with a large knife and gesturing it towards her.

Mrs Wood added: “Miss Driver was immediately scared and thought her neighbour was going to stab her. She ran back into the house.”

When the police arrived Bishop, who has no previous convictions, told them she had “snapped” because she was “fed up with the music and laughing” and had trouble sleeping.

Bishop told officers: “I should not have picked up the knife. I wanted to show her I meant what I was saying.”

She denied threatening to kill Miss Driver, but said she did say she would stab her.

The court heard Bishop suffered from psychosis and had stopped taking her medication, which led to the hallucinations and trouble sleeping.

Defending Gemma Walsh argued she was a complex character and given her good history it would be unjust to send her to prison immediately.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he agreed it would be unjust, but said he would need assurances she would take her medication in the future.

He jailed her for six months, but suspended it for two years. He ordered she underwent two years supervision, as well as a mental health treatment order and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

He told her: “You have had trouble controlling yourself when people upset you and to produce a knife is very silly and a dangerous thing to do.”

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