A man who turned up outside a flat at 6am brandishing a knife and threatening to kill the occupant was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Wednesday, August 16.
Andrew McGuire’s shouting woke the occupant of the flat in Turner Avenue, Lincoln, and the man looked out of his window to see what was happening.
Gareth Gimson, prosecuting, said: “He looked out of the window and there was Andrew McGuire. The two were associates rather than friends.
“The complainant did not leave the address but there was a verbal confrontation.
“There was aggression and abuse from McGuire. He had a kitchen knife in his hand and he was waving it.”
A neighbour heard McGuire shout “I’m going to kill you” and “You’re a dead man walking”.
McGuire eventually threw he knife onto the ground and walked off.
McGuire, 50, of Fleming House, Victoria Street, Lincoln, admitted possession of a bladed article in a public place as a result of the incident on June 17 this year. He was jailed for six months.
Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told him: “Too many people carry knives in public.
“If you carry a knife in public and wave it about and shout threats there can only be one sentence that can properly be imposed for it and that is immediate custody.”
Claire Howell, in mitigation, said that McGuire was assessed as a low risk of reoffending and his offending had reduced in seriousness as he has got older.
She told the court “There was an element of provocation in the incident.
“It doesn’t excuse what he did.
“The other party had been ringing his door bell at three in the morning and making threats and continued to wind him up when he went to the property.”