Stab threat man avoids jail spell for ‘nasty of­fence’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE PART­NER of a woman whose son was mur­der vic­tim Zain Sails­man has avoided pri­son for threat­en­ing to stab him­self in front of her.

David Da­ley, 45, the boyfriend of Zain’s mum Made­line Fletcher, threat­ened to kill him­self with a kitchen knife af­ter drink­ing for 24 hours on what would have been Zain’s 21st birth­day.

He be­came abu­sive with po­lice who used cap­tor spray to re­strain him and seize the knife.

Da­ley ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive, in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour on March 22 at an ear­lier hear­ing at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates court.

At the sen­tenc­ing, mag­is­trates heard Zain’s mur­der in Oc­to­ber 2013 had a bad ef­fect on Da­ley, who lives on Fern­dale Cres- cent, Macclesfield.

But they told him it was a ‘nasty of­fence’ and he could have gone to pri­son.

They stopped short of send­ing him to jail, in­stead giv­ing him a suspended sen­tence.

Mr Adrian Long, chair­man of the bench, said: “You were ex­tremely abu­sive and the po­lice­man was in fear for his life.

“It passes the cus­tody thresh­old and if it had gone to trial that’s what it would have been.

“But we’ve taken into ac­count your guilty plea, re­morse, ef­forts to tackle your prob­lems with al­co­hol and that you’ve been rel­a­tively free of crime over the last few years.”

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said: “Da­ley texted Mrs Fletcher say­ing he loved her and wouldn’t be here to­mor­row.

“She called him and saw him out­side sat on the wall with a kitchen knife threat­en­ing to stab him­self.

“Sgt Andy Gard­ner found him in the gar­den with a knife and a bot­tle of brandy.”

Mrs Byrne said the of­fi­cer used cap­tor spray and seized the knife af­ter Da­ley be­came abu­sive.

Trevor Fee­hily, de­fend­ing, said Da­ley has had ‘a tor­rid time’.

He said: “His part­ner’s son was the vic­tim of a very high pro­file mur­der.

“He lost his job and it’s all taken its toll, he was di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion.

“On the week­end of the of­fence there was a party for his part­ner’s son’s 21st birth­day and he drank to ex­cess.

When po­lice were called he had been drink­ing for 24 hours.

The ag­gres­sion was di­rected at him­self. He never threat­ened po­lice with the knife.”

Mag­is­trates gave Da­ley a six week pri­son sen­tence suspended for 18 months, 250 hours un­paid work, £85 costs and £80 vic­tim sur­charge.

●● David Da­ley was given a suspended sen­tence

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