Jail sen­tence for dad-of-three who threat­ened neigh­bour with a knife

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

A DAD-OF-THREE who threat­ened to kill his neigh­bour with a kitchen knife was jailed for 14 months last Fri­day.

Ti­mothy Gor­don Dou­glas (pic­tured), 42, of Marine Road, Pen­sarn, Abergele, had pleaded guilty to hav­ing a knife and mak­ing threats at Maes y Dre in the town, where he lived with his part­ner and young chil­dren, on May 10.

Pros­e­cu­tor Richard Ed­wards said their neigh­bour Michael Slack’s son Ryan had lent Dou­glas £20 and had asked when it could be paid back.

Mr Ed­wards said there was an ar­gu­ment in the front gar­den and Dou­glas went into his house be­fore re­turn­ing with a knife be­tween seven and eight inches long.

The court heard that Dou­glas was “bran­dish­ing” the knife and shouted to Michael Slack: “Come on big man, step out here.”

Mr Ed­wards said: “Mr Slack took his fam­ily in­side.

Dou­glas was push­ing at the gate and try­ing to en­ter the gar­den when he said: ‘I will shove this in you’, be­fore a neigh­bour pulled him away.

“Mr Slack feared he was try­ing to stab him.”

The pros­e­cu­tor said Dou­glas, who has 73 pre­vi­ous of­fences, had been jailed in 2012 for re­turn­ing to a pub with a kitchen knife and car­pet-cut­ting knife and threat­en­ing staff af­ter be­ing asked to leave.

An­drew Green, de­fend­ing, said: “He knows it is cus­tody. The only ques­tion is for how long.

“This was a neigh­bours’ dis­pute which got out of hand. This was a bit of a pres­sure-cooker sit­u­a­tion build­ing for some time.”

Sen­tenc­ing Dou­glas to 14 months jail re­duced for an early guilty plea, Judge Niclas Parry said: “Clearly this is a man who re­sorts to us­ing knives to re­solve con­flicts.”

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