A violent husband placed a knife on a coffee table in front of his terrified wife and said: “You’re going to get it tonight, I’m going to take your head off.”
Stephen Holdsworth, aged 55, of Thornbridge Way, Birley, Sheffield, placed it down before making the chilling threat to his wife after a row, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
He was jailed for 24 months and will spend 12 months on licence after his release.
The court heard Holdsworth had cut his wife’s finger with a knife in 2009.
Kitty Colley, prosecuting, said his 58-year-old wife Janice spent four days in the Northern General Hospital and was left ‘scarred for life’.
Chris Aspinall, defending, said the couple were ‘reconciled’ after the latest incident in December 2015 and their relationship would resume when Holdsworth was free.
Judge Recorder Ian Harris said the threats in 2015 were ‘extremely serious’ and ‘very real’.
Kitty Colley, prosecuting said his wife woke in the early hours to find her drunken husband shouting at her.
She later went to the shops but returned to see him sharpening a knife in the kitchen.
“He then walked into the living room where the victim was sitting and placed the knife on the coffee table and said ‘you’re going to get it tonight, I’m going to take your head off’,” Ms Colley said.
He then told her to ‘get out’ and she called the police.
Mr Recorder Harris told Holdsworth: “These offences are very serious and I have no doubt in my mind a custodial sentence is warranted.
“This was a chilling threat, particularly because of the previous offence in 2009.
“I accept you have reconciled your relationship, which I find to be abusive so far as I’m concerned.
“Anyone who puts a knife to a human being will only expect to receive a custodial sentence.”
Holdsworth – who has 21 previous conviction, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and making threats to kill on the day of this trial.