Woman deliberately wounded two young boys with knife after armed police stand-off, court hears

A woman deliberately wounded two young boys with a large knife after a long stand off with armed police, a court heard. Ann Marie McEvoy, 41, was tasered after firearms officers eventually forced entry into the flat in the Lincolnshire village of Friskney.

The boys, who were aged 10 at the time, and can not be named because of their ages, were both found to have sustained knife wounds which required hospital treatment, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

A judge later ruled Ms McEvoy, of Church Walk, Colchester, was not fit to enter a plea or stand trial because she is suffering from a mental disability.

Jurors will have to decide if Ms McEvoy carried out the alleged acts of intentionally wounding the two boys at the flat in Fold Hill, Friskney, on 30 November 2022.

A trial of the facts at Lincoln Crown Court heard Lincolnshire Police were called to the property on 29 November after Essex officers had visited Ms McEvoy's home in Colchester and found she was not there.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said Ms McEvoy brandished a large knife when an officer went to the front door of the flat at around 3.30pm and then refused entry to the property.

The court heard a number of officers and negotiators were called to the scene and after a stand off lasting several hours it was decided firearms officers should force entry during the early hours of 30 November 2022.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said officers found Ms McEvoy in a room with a large knife above her head. The two boys were lying next to each other and had both suffered injuries which required hospital treatment, jurors heard.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said Ms McEvoy was tasered and fell to the ground while the two boys were taken into another room for medical treatment and then to hospital. One of the boys had suffered a number of puncture wounds across his chest and a large wound to the centre of his back.

The other boy suffered an injury to his neck which was located under his ear and a deep injury to his left arm. Following the incident both boys were interviewed by specially trained police officers.

One of the boys described how Ms McEvoy inflicted the injuries just before police entered the property. McEvoy was arrested at the scene but declined to give an explanation during her police interview.

A trial of the facts is where the prosecution sets out the case in front of a jury but the defendant does not have to play a part in proceeds. The jury will have to decide if Ms McEvoy, who is not present in court, committed the alleged offences, though their conclusion can not result in a criminal conviction.

The trial continues.