Teen took pal hostage and threatened ‘to stab her’ in hungover rage over vodka

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An 18-year-old has avoided going to jail, despite keeping another young woman captive in a flat, demanding cash for vodka she had drunk and threatening to stab her if she tried to call the police.

Clarity Kennedy allegedly “kicked off” in a drunken rant the morning after celebrating her birthday at the flat.

She blamed her victim, Laura Creedon, for drinking the “expensive” vodka she had bought for the bash.

And Ms Kennedy, 18, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to false imprisonment and assault.
She was given a 14 month prison sentence, suspended for two year, but was told to do 60 hours of unpaid community work.

She has also been ordered to participate in “rehabilitation activity”, reports Coventry Live.

The incident took place on December 3 last year, at a flat in Stratford.

The pair remained at the flat after the party, but, according to Amrisha Parathalingam, prosecuting, “the defendant began kicking off about some expensive vodka she had brought to the party”.

Ms Kennedy demanded £80 from her friend, and prevented her from leaving the premises until she was paid.

Miss Creedon called a friend, but the phone was taken from her shortly after.

Ms Kennedy then threatened to stab her if she tried to call the police, before getting an “eight-inch kitchen knife” out of a draw – she then started waving it around and threatening to put Miss Creedon in handcuffs, too.

According to reports, she said: “I'm keeping you hostage until you give me the money.

“If you try to leave, I'll cut you up. If you don't give me the money, I'll smash this bottle over your head.”

She followed through on the threat, smashing her several times over the head with the bottle – it did no break, but Miss Creedon suffered bruising on her head.

The ordeal lasted between one and two hours, ending only when another friend intervened.

Upon arrest, Ms Kennedy refused to comment when questioned by police.

Nick Devine, defending, said: “The author of the pre-sentence report says that at the time Miss Kennedy was naive and immature, and not able to manage her emotions appropriately.

“This particular very nasty incident began between three hungover individuals arguing over the consumption of a bottle of vodka Ms Kennedy had bought for her birthday.

“She believed the victim was responsible for drinking it, and things got out of hand. She says she lacked any knowledge that her action would be classed as false imprisonment – she deeply regrets her behaviour.”

Mr Devine claimed that there was “a realistic prospect of rehabilitation” for her.

Judge Peter Cooke said: “There's no guideline for false imprisonment, but it is not just what is done to them, it's that their freedom to get away from it is curtailed.

“What you did to your friend, which she was before the two of you woke up hungover that morning, was appalling.

“If a proper adult had done that, then after a trial they wouldn't be getting any change out of two years in prison. But you were barely an adult.

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“This was the day after your 18th birthday, so I think we ought to be in the realms of two-thirds of what an adult would receive.

“So we are looking at a sentence of about 14 months to reflect the wickedness of what you did. But you are less of a risk than you were a year ago.

“I think you have demonstrated that you have a determination to break the bad cycles you were in.”

It was claimed, during the trial, that Ms Kennedy had battled drug and alcohol issues over the last year, and was no free from those issues.

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