Knifeman in kebab threat

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A MAN who armed himself with a kitchen knife because he was tired of being ridiculed in his neighbourhood has been jailed.

George Dagg felt he had gone from being a respected member of his community to the taunted “local drunk,” after he lost his job.

Newcastle Crown Court heard on August 26 last year, the 51-year-old put an eight-inch kitchen knife in his pocket and went towards a parked car in Durham Road, Sunderland.

Dagg told the four passengers in the vehicle, which was outside a takeaway, “I’ll show you a kebab,” before waving the weapon into the car.

The court heard as the driver pulled away, Dagg, of Purley Road, Plains Farm, was shouting “come on” and waving his arms around.

He admitted having a bladed article and threatening behaviour.

Mitigating, Nigel Barnes said Dagg turned to drink after he lost his job.

Mr Barnes said: “His dignity fell apart. His lifestyle fell apart.

“He felt he went from being a man respected in the community and became a man increasingly ridiculed.

“He found himself being treated as a local drunk effectively and people were laughing at him.

“It was the first and last time he actually armed himself in order to deal with anyone who put him in that position of ridicule.”

Mr Recorder Andrew Dallas jailed Dagg for 10 months.