The jury in the case of a woman accused of assault with intent to rob, assault and two breaches of an anti-social behaviour order has been discharged after five hours in retirement, having failed to reach any verdicts.

Karen Anne Bulmer, 48, of no fixed address, denies all charges. The CPS will decide in the next seven days whether there will be a retrial. Bulmer was remanded in custody.



JURORS will retire on Wednesday to consider their verdict in the case of a woman accused of trying to get a schoolboy to hand over his rucksack and threatening his brother, a jury heard.

The two boys aged 12 and 13 claim they were waiting at a bus stop on Station Road in York city centre after school on September 15 when they saw a woman approaching with a man. She was stumbling into people and appeared to be drunk.

Giving evidence at York Crown Court, the younger alleged the woman told his brother: "Give me your ... bag" and himself "I am going to .... batter you, you lazy .....".

The younger boy alleged he felt "very scared because I thought she was going to do something to me."

The boys gave the woman's description to the police when they got home and an hour later, Karen Anne Bulmer, 48, of no fixed address, was arrested in Tanner Row.

She denies assault with intent to rob the older brother, assault of the younger and two breaches of an antisocial behaviour order by asking the older to hand over his bag and threatening the younger.

Giving evidence, she claimed she had walked from Museum Gardens to York Railway Station that afternoon, but had not gone past the bus stop. She claimed she had walked on the other side of the road and had not threatened either boy.