Mother handed son knife in street fight

Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

Kerry Giles avoided jail last March after admitting handing her son a knife during a street fight.

She pleaded guilty to having a knife in a public place and received a 10-month sentence -suspended for two years at Newcastle Crown Court.

She is now facing jail after a subsequent raid on Sports Direct
Giles claimed that she had the 6in blade in her handbag to protect herself after splitting from an abusive partner.

The disturbance took place in Stothard Street, Jarrow in 2013, with Giles throwing the blade from the window of her house to her son.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said: “There was talk of a knife being involved with the other party, you heard this and threw down the knife from a window to your son.

“The knife was not used by anyone, and was picked up and handed back to you.

“I was satisfied you produced the knife into this fight.”

Giles was slapped with a community order by South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in November 2013 after stealing a passport from a pal of nearly 30 years before using it to withdraw £120 from her bank account.

She took the cash by using her passport to pose as her.

The court heard that the victim had been left ‘heartbroken’ by the actions of Giles, who she described as being like ‘the sister I never had’.

Giles had visited her friend at her home in Hebburn on August 17, 2013 and stole the passport.

Giles was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered to pay compensation of £90 for the passport to the victim and £120 to Lloyds Bank for the cost of them reimbursing the victim of the fraud.