Knifeman jailed for threatening ex-lover

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A DRUNK who threatened his ex-girlfriend with a knife has been locked up for 18 months by a judge at Doncaster Crown Court.

Ryan Geoffrey Harris also threatened to petrol bomb the house where he his ex Karen Gilbert was staying, the court heard.

Harris, aged 24, took the blade with him when he visited the house in Cedar Road, Balby, where Karen Gilbert was visiting, last April.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said the first time Harris called around he was under the influence of alcohol.

But Miss Gilbert’s friend Emma Hughes managed to calm him down.

But he returned half an hour later, became agitated, lashed out at Ms Gilbert, and was ushered to the door while threatening violence.

Mr Coxon said the verbal altercation continued then Harris lashed out with a kitchen knife making slashing and stabbing motions while making threats to Miss Hughes and her family.

Harris told them: “You’ve got an hour to get Karen out or I’ll petrol bomb your house.”

After the defendant was arrested, Miss Hughes told a police officer: “I feel really intimidated. I was very scared. I’ll never let him near me or my family again.”

But she made a further statement before the case got to court, saying Harris’s actions were “out of character” and adding that she didn’t want him to go to prison.

Mr Coxon said Harris, of no fixed address, had 10 previous convictions, two of them for violence.

His solicitor, Richard Haigh, said Ms Gilbert was an older woman and “there had been a destructive element in their relationship, which he had focused on and he felt she was to blame.

“He got drunk that night, he was demanding, and he behaved unacceptably,” he added.

“He is not completely out of control and beyond redemption but admits he was drinking too much.”

Sentencing him to 18 months for the knife offence, Judge Jacqueline Davies told Harris: “You went crazy and were lunging at people with the knife and it is no surprise that these people were frightened about what was happening.

“This is a serious offence, you went to someone’s house late at night and took with you a knife and it was your intention to use it if necessary, which is wholly unacceptable.”

Harris received a further 14 days for a bail breach.