Landlady threatens tenant

SHE was the knife-wielding Tweed landlady determined to get rent money she claimed was owed by a former tenant.

Pirjo Kristina Ikonen arrived at the man’s rented caravan at Hasting Point on the Tweed Coast where he was still in bed watching early morning television.

In police facts Ikonen, 45, was seen by the man at 6.45am standing outside a sliding glass door to the annexe.

When he did not answer her knock his former landlady walked inside demanding $30 she claimed he owed her.

He denied owing her money and Ikonen took out a Swiss Army knife 19cm long with a 9cm blade and threatened to stab him in the throat.

The man was able to push her hand and the knife away before fleeing the van.

Ikonen took $20 and picked up a packet of the man’s cigarettes.

A woman who also lived in the caravan arrived, saw Ikonen armed with the knife and told her to leave.

Ikonen, a disability pensioner and Finish national, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court this week to the charge of being armed with intent to commit larceny on September 16 last year.

Magistrate Robyn Denes jailed Ikonen for nine months with the sentence immediately suspended, placing her on a nine-month good behaviour bond. She was fined $800.

Ms Denes commented the matter was almost ‘demand with menaces’.

Police state the landlady and boarder relationship between the pair deteriorated after the man rented a room in Ikonen’s villa at Hastings Point.

Following a series of arguments he moved out on September 14 and into the nearby caravan park.

Defence lawyer Carl Edwards said his client wished she had never let him in to stay and she also accused him of stealing her PlayStation games.

“She says she was stood over by this man,” Mr Edwards said.

“She is on morphine for a broken back injury and was stood over by him for her medication. She went there to get the debt, $30 rent.”

He said his client did not want anything more to do with the man.

With regard to a penalty, Mr Edwards said Ikonen was happy to receive ‘anything that stops her from going to jail’.

Mr Edwards described the matter as ‘one of those things that happens along the pathway of life’.

Ms Denes told Ikonen that barging into the caravan site with a knife and taking money was a serious crime with such offences carrying a maximum 14 years’ jail.



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