A BARNSLEY woman who threatened a five-year-old girl with a pair of scissors during a shocking event in the town centre has been jailed.

Osasere Isaac, 30, of Windermere Road, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday where she was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison for false imprisonment and possessing a bladed article in a public place - she had previously pleaded guilty at a hearing last November.

On August 23, 2022, Isaac grabbed a child from behind, shouting ‘this is my child now’.

She proceeded to hold a pair of dress scissors to the child and attempted to stab her while the victim’s mother and grandmother fought to drag the youngster away.

After hearing shouts for help, members of the public rushed to provide aid, but were also threatened before Osasere fled the scene.

Investigating officer Vick Stephanek said: “Isaac was extremely cruel in her actions, threatening an innocent child who was enjoying time with her family.

“I would like to commend the bravery of her mother and grandmother during the incident, as well as their patience and dignity during a trying court process.

“I would also like to thank members of the public who witnessed and assisted in the incident, and came forward to provide evidence and support our investigation.

“This would have been a truly horrific incident for the victim and her family and I hope this sentence provides them with the relief needed to move on with their lives.”