Two Chesterfield drunks were jailed for carrying knives as they hunted a group of teenagers in the town centre.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC described the pair as “time bombs” who might have inflicted serious injuries.
He told them at Derby Crown Court last Thursday: “It was only very good fortune you didn’t find these people. You were drunk and a danger.”
Ian Kerr, 40, pictured far right, of Cordwell Avenue, Dunston, was jailed for two years and Mark Elson, 26, of Manor Drive, Brimington, was jailed for 18 months after they admitted having bladed articles in public. The incident happened in a shopping complex near the bus station in May. A security officer spotted Kerr who was banned from the complex and escorted him out and an anti-crime camera spotted Elson making a phone call.
The court heard how Elson, above, met Kerr who was seen getting two knives out of packets. Elson could be seen “demonstrating slashing across the throat actions,” said Edna Leonard, prosecuting.
The pair were arrested by police who found the knives which had been discarded. Emma Coverley, defending, said Elson had no knowledge Kerr would buy knives and he had been drinking.
Chris Brewin, for Kerr, said he has alcohol problems but wants to stop drinking and wants to change.