Court orders psychiatric report on teen who pulled a knife on a supermarket worker 

A WOMAN who pulled a knife on a supermarket worker and threatened to slit her throat has confessed the crimes in court less than four hours after they occurred.

Samantha Lee Meizys, 18, appeared in the dock of Ballarat Magistrates Court late yesterday afternoon where she pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a weapon, making a threat to kill, resisting police and using a controlled weapon.

The court heard Meizys was with a male when she went to the Safeway supermarket on Eastwood Street about 1pm yesterday.

Police prosecutor Acting Sergeant Ivan Blomeley said Meizys was asked to leave the store as staff suspected she had stolen items earlier in the day.

He said a verbal altercation then occurred with Meizys telling a supermarket worker “I’m going to slit your throat”.

At one stage Meizys pulled a knife before police were called.

Police located the teenager in a car park nearby at about 2pm, where she fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.

As police were arresting her, Meizys struggled and said “I’ll kill that bitch, I’ll slit her throat”.

Defence lawyer Hamish Locke said his client had the knife for protection, but acknowledged she reacted stupidly.

“She accepts this was an extremely foolish way of behaving, it was an act of bravado, talking tough if you like,” he said.

“She’s just acted in a ridiculous way and totally lost control.”

Magistrate Peter Couzens said he couldn’t sentence the teenager without a psychiatric report, which he said would likely take at least six weeks to obtain.

Meizys is due back in court on Thursday to decide if she will be released in time for Christmas.

“This is a very serious offence. Any objective person would be extremely frightened by this outburst,” Mr Couzens said.

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