Newport knifeman spared jail

Newport Crown Court

Newport Crown Court

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A MAN who threatened to stab an acquaintance with a carving knife at his home has been spared jail.

Mathew Williams, 33, had previously been sentenced for battery, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly, a court heard..

Williams thought of going to the home of David Rogers in Newport with a dog but chose the carving knife as he felt it would be more threatening, Newport Crown Court heard.

Newport Judge David Williams gave him a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for a year, and 150 hours community service.

The defendant turned up at the address in Goossens Close armed with the carving knife on June 4, the court was told.

Mr Rogers was left "distressed" and "upset" by the incident, though the weapon was concealed in his pocket, Crown prosecutor Jason Howells told the court.

The pair had previously had altercations, the court heard.

Williams was arrested at his home address in Hendre Farm Drive in Newport the following day, the court was told.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour and possessing a bladed instrument at an earlier hearing on June 17.

Mr Howells said it was a choice between going to Mr Rogers' address with a dog or a knife but he felt the blade would be more threatening.

Hugh Wallace, for the defence, said it was "absolutely essential" that his client receives help from the probation service.

Newport Judge Daniel Williams told the court the offences were sufficiently serious a sentence of imprisonment was appropriate, but stressed he was minded to suspend the prison term.

He gave Williams 16 weeks for possessing a blade instrument and eight weeks for using threatening words or behaviour, to be served concurrently.

Williams will have to complete the unpaid work in the next 12 months, complete a thinking skills programme and will be supervised by the probation service.

Judge Williams also ordered the defendant to pay an £80 surcharge within the next three months.

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6:14pm Sun 20 Jul 14

displayed says...

"Mathew Williams, 33, had previously been sentenced for battery, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly, a court heard."

What does it take to get a jail sentence around here;
Obviously not the petty offences, we see in the Argus.............
"Mathew Williams, 33, had previously been sentenced for battery, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly, a court heard." What does it take to get a jail sentence around here; Obviously not the petty offences, we see in the Argus............. displayed
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7:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

welshmen says...

And they are supposed to be getting tough on knife crime, perhaps the Judge is a friend of Cleggy....
And they are supposed to be getting tough on knife crime, perhaps the Judge is a friend of Cleggy.... welshmen
  • Score: 6

7:56pm Sun 20 Jul 14

richie55 says...

Yet another stupid, weak judge. Where do they keep finding them?
Yet another stupid, weak judge. Where do they keep finding them? richie55
  • Score: 9

8:35pm Sun 20 Jul 14

disgruntled taxpayer says...

i 'm surprised the judge didn;t give him a grinder to sharpen the blade , no deterent at all , it is time they stopped suspending all these sentance's and made them serve them , take them out of society for in this case 16 + 8 weeks = 24 weeks . let him think about his stupidity looking at a prison cell wall , instead of the bottom of a whiskey bottle . too many do-gooders are serving as judges these days .
i 'm surprised the judge didn;t give him a grinder to sharpen the blade , no deterent at all , it is time they stopped suspending all these sentance's and made them serve them , take them out of society for in this case 16 + 8 weeks = 24 weeks . let him think about his stupidity looking at a prison cell wall , instead of the bottom of a whiskey bottle . too many do-gooders are serving as judges these days . disgruntled taxpayer
  • Score: 9

5:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

nptboi says...

Would of been a different outcome if he turned up at the judges house with a knife. would definetely be sat in a prison cell today, but no give him probation order so that he can get free bus tokens each time he visits the probation service. One word !!!!! JOKE.
Would of been a different outcome if he turned up at the judges house with a knife. would definetely be sat in a prison cell today, but no give him probation order so that he can get free bus tokens each time he visits the probation service. One word !!!!! JOKE. nptboi
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