Jail for threat with knife


Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News - By KATIE-ANN GUPWELL ed­i­to­[email protected]­am­iner.co.uk @Ex­am­iner

A MAN from Hud­der­s­field who ‘put a knife to’ a woman’s throat after an An­thony Joshua fight has been jailed.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on April 1 fol­low­ing Joshua’s clash with Joseph Parker in Cardiff ’s Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

Yes­ter­day, Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mitchell Bev­er­ley, 28, was at Myst Night­club on St Mary Street when the in­ci­dent took place.

The court heard Bev­er­ley had at­tended the club with an­other male but an ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween them.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Ju­lia Cox said: “They got into an ar­gu­ment at the night­club.

“She got in be­tween the two males to try and sep­a­rate them.

“She re­alised quite quickly that they were friends.

“He replied say­ing: ‘don’t touch me.’ “He pulled out what she felt was a knife.”

Ms Cox said the vic­tim was “quite ob­vi­ously pet­ri­fied” and Bev­er­ley was said to be act­ing in a dis­taste­ful man­ner.

Ms Cox added: “He was par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sive say­ing: ‘ You don’t put your hands on me’.

“He kept swear­ing at her.”

The court was also told Bev­er­ley said: “This will end badly for you” be­fore leav­ing the venue.

He then went to a taxi rank where po­lice found him and searched him.

Ms Cox ex­plained, ini­tially, the po­lice couldn’t find the knife but later dis­cov­ered it in a taxi.

Bev­er­ley pleaded guilty to two charges – af­fray and threat­en­ing with a bladed ar­ti­cle.

De­fend­ing Bev­er­ley, Mr Heath Ed­wards said: “Mr Bev­er­ley un­der­stands that he will be im­pris­oned as a re­sult of what he did.

“He knows there was not an ex­cuse for act­ing the way he did.

“Through me he apol­o­gises for any threat he may have caused.”

Sen­tenc­ing Bev­er­ley, of Thomas Street, Hud­der­s­field, Recorder Lucy Crowther, who ap­peared at the hear­ing via video link, said he had a “very bad record.”

Ms Crowther said: “When she came to sep­a­rate you two, you put a knife up to the side of her throat. You were swear­ing at her.

“She must have been ab­so­lutely terrified that you were go­ing to stab her.

“You left and you calmed down.

“You made your way to the lo­cal taxi rank. You were traced there.

“After a very thor­ough search, a knife was found be­hind a seat.

“There was no rea­son for you to have it on you in Cardiff that night.”

Bev­er­ley was sen­tenced to 24 months in prison and must serve half of his sen­tence be­fore be­ing re­leased on li­cence.

Mitchell Bev­er­ley of Thomas Street, Hud­der­s­field, who has been jailed for af­fray and putting a knife to a woman’s throat

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