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Knifing girl locked up.

A teenage girl was today behind bars after she stabbed a man with a kitchen knife.

Natasha Dent, 19, was locked up for stabbing her victim after she and friends tried smashing their way into his home on January 10.

Trouble flared when three youngsters gatecrashed a party and were chased away by Dent and her friends. She grabbed a kitchen knife and the gang followed the gatecrashers to the home of one youth's uncle Matthew Nemo in Darlington.

The gang kicked in a front door panel, and when Mr Nemo went outside he was attacked with an iron bar by Jason Woodbridge, 19, and Mark Bennett, 20.

As Mr Nemo struggled with the pair, witnesses noticed Dent with the knife in the background shouting: "Shall I stab him, shall I stab him?"

She stepped forward making slashing movements before lunging at Mr Nemo and stabbing him in the right side, said prosecutor Paul Cleasby.

As the male attackers moved away she inexplicably stabbed her friend Woodbridge in the thigh, Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday.

Dent was still holding the knife when a policewoman arrived on the scene, and Dent raised the knife to head height making stabbing motions and saying "I'm going to kill you".

The officer sprayed her with CS gas to subdue her.

Dent later told police she could remember little, adding "I was standing up for my family and my friends".

Dent, of Eggleston View, Darlington, has a previous conviction for possessing knives, said Mr Cleasby.

Catharine Fagan, defending, said Dent acknowledged she had a problem with drink, and she accepted that she was going to be locked up.

She was sentenced to three and a half years in a young offender's institution after she admitted wounding with intent, unlawful wounding and violent disorder.

Woodbridge, of Dundee Street, Darlington, and Bennett, of Stocksmoor Road, Darlington, were both sentenced to 18 months detention after admitting violent disorder.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2006
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