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