Chesterfield knife-wielding thug narrowly escapes being put behind bars

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

An armed man who used threatening behaviour towards his partner’s neighbours has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Anthony Smith, 26, of Station Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, had been knocking at his partner’s door in Grassmoor when her neighbour was woken.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop told a previous hearing the neighbour saw the defendant throwing stones at the next property. The neighbour said Smith was waking her family, according to Mrs Allsop, and the defendant swore at the neighbour and told her to send her fella out before Smith pulled out a kitchen knife.

Mrs Allsop added Smith was abusive and refused to give a drink-drive sample to police when they later found him in his Renault Megane. The court heard that after Smith’s arrest he breached a bail condition not to go to his partner’s home but police discovered he had visited his partner again.

Smith pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, having no insurance, failing to provide a drink-drive specimen, possessing a blade in public and using threatening behaviour. He also admitted breaching bail. Felicity Coats, defending, said Smith had not intended to intimidate the neighbours during the incident in September and he was unsteady because he had a head wound. She added he had gone back to the property because his son had been upset. Magistrates sentenced Smith, last month, to 16 weeks of custody suspended for two years. He was disqualified from driving for three years and must pay £315 in costs and charges.