A VULNERABLE woman held a kitchen knife to her care worker’s throat because she was enraged that the last doughnut had been eaten by a male resident in her supported accommodation, a Bradford Crown Court jury heard.

Carol Longbottom pointed the tip of the weapon into the staff member’s neck before threatening to stab the man in the back during the incident at the house in St Helena Road, Wibsey.

Longbottom, 59, was unfit to stand trial because of mental health issues and intellectual difficulties, the judge, Recorder Anthony Hawks, told the court.

She was charged with making a threat to kill on the evening of May 2 this year.

The jury was told to make a determination about whether she did or did not commit the act alleged against her.

Longbottom sat in the dock holding a care worker’s hand for the short hearing.

Prosecutor Nick Adlington said two psychiatrists had found that she was “under a disability” which meant she could not participate in the trial process.

Support worker Millicent Daramanzi told the jury the incident took place at about 9.20pm when she was working alone on the night shift at the home for three residents with mental health difficulties.

Longbottom began shouting and stormed out of the living room.

“She complained that another resident was getting all the attention and that he had eaten the last doughnut in the kitchen,” Ms Daramanzi said.

Longbottom also demanded her medication before holding the point of the knife against Ms Daramanzi’s throat, saying: “I am going to kill you.”

When the support worker pushed her away, Longbottom tried to stab the man in the back.

Ms Daramanzi helped the male resident to his room before locking herself in another room upstairs.

She heard Longbottom following her upstairs as she tried to call the police but her mobile phone was not working.

When Longbottom went outside for a cigarette, Ms Daramanzi used a landline at the house to summon help.

She said of the knife threat: “I thought I was going to die. I was really scared. She was really angry.”

Longbottom’s barrister, Ken Green, said she had been in supported accommodation for three years and was at low risk of reoffending.

Recorder Hawks sentenced her to a two year supervision order, calling it “an unpleasant and terrifying incident”.

He told Longbottom: “Nothing is going to happen to you. You will be going back to the address where you live.”