Man’s knife threats to youths after bricks thrown at his mother’s house

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case
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A man who threatened a group of youths with a bread knife after they threw bricks at his mother’s house has avoided jail.

Dalton Barnett, 19, was a part of a group of youths that had been fighting in the early hours of the morning on March 22 this year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that residents in Erith Terrace, Sunderland, were woken up by two groups of rowdy youths.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting said: “The two groups had been arguing very loudly between each other and small fights were breaking out.

“One of the groups began throwing bricks at the nearby houses. The defendant then went into one of the houses and came back with a bread knife shouting: ‘Come on then.’

“The group then fled from the street.”

Neighbours who were woken by the disturbance then phoned the police and Barnett was arrested.

When they interviewed him he said that items had been thrown at his mother’s address.

Barnett, of Thomas Street, Ryhope, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at a previous hearing.

Robert Spragg, defending said: “Mr Barnett is a very immature young man and has had a very dysfunctional upbringing and has had many problems in his home life.

“He has many difficulties and may have the signs of a personality disorder. He did plead guilty at the earliest stage and would urge the judge to suspend the custodial sentence.”

Judge Stephen Winn said: “You are a young man and you need to understand that people who brandish knives should expect a custodial sentence.

“However, I have read about you and accept that you have had a very troubled background and may suffer from mental issues.

“You need your family around you at this difficult time and you have said you are eager to find work which I believe would be a great benefit for yourself.

Barnett was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for 15 months and was put on an electronic curfew.

He will have to attend a rehabilitation activity requirement.