Alcoholic took knife to challenge man to fight

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AN alcoholic drank a litre of whisky before threatening a man he thought had been plying his autistic stepson with drink.

Peter Anderson took a knife with him when he made the late-night call at his victim’s house, Durham Crown Court heard.

Anderson asked the man for a fight – which he declined. There was then fight with another man in the street.

Police were called and Anderson was seen sitting on a wall.

A knife, which had a blade of about eight inches, was found from behind the wall.

When interviewed, Anderson said he had had lager and a litre of whisky before leaving home with the knife.

Anderson, 40, of Everton Drive, Seaham, admitted possessing a bladed article on September 25.

The court heard he has previous convictions for 45 offences, but has not offended since 2005.

Ian Hudson, defending said: “Mr Anderson is the sole carer for his 17-year-old stepson. He formed the opinion the victim in this case had been plying the stepson with drink.

“Foolishly, Mr Anderson picked up a knife and went to the man’s house to sort it out. “There is no suggestion he brandished the knife, or directly threatened anyone with it.”

Anderson was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a condition he undergo alcohol treatment.

The judge ordered the knife to be confiscated and destroyed.