Jail for drunk threatened OAP and daughter with a steak knife in Murton

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A DRUNK who used a knife to threaten an elderly man and his daughter has been jailed.

Darren Appleby had been released from prison two days earlier for a similar offence, Durham Crown Court heard.

“Appleby was in the street in Watkin Crescent in Murton late one evening,” said Martin Towers, prosecuting. “He was apparently shouting for someone to come out.

“A woman who lived next door came out to see what the commotion was about.

“She recognised Appleby and asked him what he was doing.

“She saw the knife and later told police how Appleby was ‘bouncing from side to side’ and pacing towards her, which she found frightening.”

The court heard that the woman became even more frightened when her father approached and was threatened.

“He is an elderly man,” added Mr Towers. “Appleby said he would ‘stick him’ in the neck.

“Police had been called, but Appleby left before they arrived.

“The knife was later found in the street. It was a steak knife with a three-inch blade. Police arrested Appleby two hours later.”

Appleby 22, of Glebe View, Murton, admitted using a bladed article in threatening circumstances on June 9.

The court was told he has previous convictions for possessing a bladed article, and his most recent offence of affray involved him carrying a knife.

Judge Neil Clark jailed Appleby for two years.

The judge told him: “The problem with carrying knives is violence can escalate, leading to serious injury or death.”