A Rotherham man who threatened to ‘chop the legs’ off his wife with a Samurai sword has been spared jail.
Robert Knight, aged 48, challenged his wife with the weapon during an argument before turning the sword towards himself.
His wife temporarily disarmed him but he grabbed the sword again and stormed out into the street hitting some fence posts before police arrived.
Confronted by an officer he told him: “Go away or you will get this.”
He then threatened another officer saying: “I will do it, I will kill you.”
Knight, of Ash View, Greasbrough was eventually Tasered so he could be arrested, Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court.
Knight was given a 12-month jail term suspended for two years in 2013 after he was convicted of the public order offence and possessing a bladed article.
The court heard he breached that sentence in June last year when he was found asleep in his car more than four times the drink-drive limit.
An empty bottle was next to him, the engine was running and the radio playing. He claimed he had drunk the alcohol after parking up the car.
Knight was given a further three months jail for drink-driving suspended for two years and banned from driving for 18 months.
Then on Sunday, October 12, he was arrested again for driving while disqualified and having no insurance in his car on Ash View.
While on bail for that matter he stole a £6.99 bottle of white wine from Tesco in Rotherham.
Richard Jepson, defending, said Knight only drove because he and his wife had considerable debts and they had been to a car boot sale to sell personal belongings when his wife fell ill and he took the risk of getting behind the wheel.
He suffered from a drink problem and had only begun offending at the age of 44. He was essentially a “good husband” and had made some progress in trying to alter his ways.
Knight admitted two breaches of suspended sentence orders.
Judge Michael Murphy pointed to the custody door in the dock and told Knight: “Anyone who appears in this court for two breaches normally leaves the court in that direction.”
But he said his case was ‘somewhat unusual’ in terms of the age he began offending and he took into consideration that his wife suffered from a disability and he had got into a mess through drinking.
He had been offered a six-month residential placement to tackle his drink problem which could bring about a ‘significant change’ in his life.
Judge Murphy said this was a more sensible option than prison and deferred sentence on him for six months to see whether he could keep out of trouble.
He warned Knight: “Any further offending will inevitably bring the roof down on your head. I promise you I will send you to prison for any breach.”