A man has been jailed for eighteen months after he threatened to stab a bouncer outside a Rhyl nightspot.
James O’Connor admitted threatening a doorman after he was told to leave The Barrel on Water Street last month. The 23 year-old also pleaded guilty to damaging a police car after he was arrested.
Mold Crown Court heard O’Connor had already being involved in an altercation with another customer when he started abusing the doorman outside and told him he would return to stab him in a few minutes.
He returned around ten minutes later holding a carving knife with a nine inch blade and shouting ”I will f****** stab you, you b******”. Others around the scene managed to stop O’Connor from reaching the doorman – and he fled the scene, but was chased and caught. The prosecution said the bouncer had been left feeling really threatened and frightened.
O’Connor’s knife disappeared and was never found – when arrested, he denied to officers that he had the blade, but insisted ”If I had one, it was to protect myself”. He kicked the window of the police car and banged his handcuffs against it as he was being driven to custody at St Asaph police station.
The defence said O’Connor very much regretted what happened – he felt he had got on well with the doorman in the past but was now resigned about going to prison, in spite of his guilty pleas.
He had returned to Rhyl from family in Manchester to be with his seriously ill father and on the night of the incident, had become intoxicated on alcohol and some drugs. He insisted he wanted to make a better future for himself and his family upon his release.
Sentencing O’Connor, Judge Rhys Rowlands said the defendant’s behaviour could not be considered out of character because of previous convicitions. The incident had unsettled his victim and the judge stressed that those providing a service at licensed premises were entitled to seek protection from the courts.
He added: ”Those tempted to arm themselves with knives and take them out onto the streets of Rhyl at night need to think long and hard – because the likelihood is that they will receive a custodial sentence.”
O’Connor’s prison sentence includes ten months from a previously suspended jail term.
Source: Rhyl Journal