Mum's knife attack

A mum who wielded two knives during a booze-fuelled attack on her daughter and the woman s lover has been told she will not go to jail. Lynda Roberts, 54, lunged a bread knife at Paul Bates through the window of his Vauxhall Corsa as her daughter Nata

A mum who wielded two knives during a booze-fuelled attack on her daughter and the woman's lover has been told she will not go to jail.

Lynda Roberts, 54, lunged a bread knife at Paul Bates through the window of his Vauxhall Corsa as her daughter Natasha Cartey sat cowering inside.

Roberts then tossed blade away before rearming herself with a carving knife.

A jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court took less than two hours to convict Roberts of affray following a three-day trial.


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But the judge, Recorder James Mulholland, warned Roberts she faced a 'community based punishment', indicating she is likely to receive just unpaid work and supervision.

He said: 'You have been convicted of affray - it's a serious offence.

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'However, I appreciate that there is a history of tension with your daughter.

'I am interested in looking at a community based punishment in your case.'

The trial heard that after Roberts was arrested for the onslaught outside her home in Newbury Park, Essex, she threatened to kill Miss Cartey, 29, screaming: 'She's f****** dead.'

Prosecutor Stephen Requena said: 'It's fair to say there is a history of animosity between mother and daughter.'

Roberts struck when window cleaner Mr Bates pulled up in Perrymans Farm Road to collect a payment from Roberts' neighbour.

The grandmother brandished a large black-handled bread knife and raced towards the hatchback which was also carrying Miss Cartey, of Dagenham.

'Miss Roberts lunged at Mr Bates through the open side window of the Vauxhall Corsa in which he was sitting, shouting abuse and threats at both of the vehicle's occupants,' said Mr Requena.

Roberts was accused of then slashing Mr Bates car with the blade but the jury acquitted her of damaging property.

'More threats and abuse were shouted by Miss Roberts at the pair of them,' said the prosecutor.

'The victims call the police, at which point Miss Roberts goes into her home and returns a few minutes later with another knife - a carving knife - and again starts shouting and swearing in the direction of Mr Bates and Miss Cartey.'

Police arrived and collared Roberts who was ferried to Ilford Police Station.

'She was in an agitated state and under the influence of alcohol,' said Mr Requena.

'While in custody she made a number of threats to kill her daughter Natasha Cartey.

'She said that she in fact hates both her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend and that on October 15 [last year] she was made aware of their presence outside in the street by someone telephoning her.'

Roberts claimed Miss Cartey, of Thaxted House, Siviter Way, marched up to her home armed with a knife and booted the door.

But the jury rejected her story.

Mr Requena said when Roberts was charged by police, she replied: "She's f****** dead".'

She will be sentenced on December 10.

Roberts of (1) Karen Terrace, Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park, Ilford, was convicted of affray but cleared of damaging property.

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