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Man jailed for wielding knife and a large fork
4:10pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Local
A MAN wielded a kitchen knife and a skewer threateningly at a neighbour after becoming involved in an argument with his brother, a court heard.
Craig Portman, aged 52, was jailed for four months at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to two charges of having a bladed item in a public place.
Prosecutor Jason Pegg told the court Portman and his brother Nigel both lived in a block of flats at Fownhope Close, Redditch, and became embroiled in an argument late at night on July 14.
Portman had both the skewer and the knife in his hands.
Another neighbour, Richard Murphy, asked them a number of times to keep the noise down – and when Nigel left, Portman turned his anger on Mr Murphy.
“The defendent swore at him and told him to shut up,” Mr Pegg said.
“He was gesturing towards Mr Murphy with both the knife and the large fork, making a stabbing motion with both items.”
Judge Patrick Thomas QC sentenced him to four months behind bars, concurrent on each charge.
The court heard that due to the amount of time he had already spent in custody over the incident, Portman would be freed almost immediately.
“You really have got to work out your problems with your brother, and indeed anyone else, without breaking the law,” he told him.
“Being in a public place waving a knife around is very scary for other people, whether you intend to frighten them or not.
“I advise you very strongly that if you want to go out of your flat, make sure you go out unarmed.”
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