Paranoid woman used Stanley knife on man in Derbion parking lot

A deeply troubled woman with serious psychiatric issues injured a man she just met with a Stanley knife in Derbion’s underground car park. Zena Bryan, who has “a long history of mental health issues” according to prosecutors, had only just met the victim when she attacked.

When police found her at her home, she falsely claimed to have been raped by the victim, who needed two stitches after stabbing her in the abdomen. Bryan has now been sent to hospital, rather than jail, to be treated for paranoid schizophrenia and acute personality disorder.

Anwar Nashashibi, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court that Bryan, 41, met the victim in Derby town center in the early hours of March 20, 2021, asking him to change to buy alcohol. After having a drink, the couple continued to walk towards Bryan’s flat in Osmaston Road, Derby, and stopped in the underground car park in Derbion, where they were seen chatting peacefully on CCTV for six minutes before the man lifts his shirt.

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Mr Nashashibi said: “He seemed to be encouraging her to hit him. She hit him with her left hand before hitting him quickly with her right hand. The victim walked away from the scene and in due time he a police car flagged down.He was unable to explain the stabbing, saying that as they spoke she “just changed”.

“Police tracked her to her property, where she screamed that she had been raped. Officers saw her drinking from a can. She appeared drunk, as indeed she was.”

Mr Nashashibi told the court Bryan told officers ‘that guy tried to rape me’ and asked ‘did that hurt him? Okay, I’m f*****g happy’, adding that the victim deserved it for “trying it” with her. CCTV showed no indication that a breach as claimed by Bryan had taken place.

Bryan, who appeared at the sentencing hearing via video link from a Milton Keynes hospital in a black hoodie, has 15 previous convictions for 31 offenses including criminal damage, possession of an item to blade and assault. He was diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia.

Dr Piyal Sen, a consultant forensic psychiatrist involved in Bryan’s treatment, told the court: ‘Ms Bryan’s treatment would continue for quite a long time in hospital. the offense has been committed.

“When she came to see us she was very ill. There was some interaction between her and the victim and it is likely that she made a paranoid interpretation of the victim’s intent which contributed to She maintained her view that the victim has It is likely that whatever the victim may have done to her, there was a paranoid overlay in her interpretation.

“Her insight is somewhat partial. She understands that she has a mental illness but needs help to understand the seriousness of what she has done. I would be very concerned about a potential return to prison.

James Beck, defending, added that the defendant spent 14 months in custody after being arrested shortly after the offence. He said: “The blade did not pierce the abdominal wall so it was a gash rather than a stab wound. The court has to consider the behavior but the end result for the victim is luck, not good judgement.”

Bryan pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on March 4, 2022. Recorder Adrian Reynolds did not sentence her to police custody, but instead gave her a restraining order. hospital that will allow him to complete his treatment.