Drunk who pulled knife on girlfriend in centre of Lincoln jailed

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A drunk who pulled a knife on his girlfriend during an incident in the street was on Monday, August 15 jailed for 15 months.

Kerry Fletcher took the three-inch bladed lock-knife from his pocket and pointed it at the woman.

The incident on near to the High Bridge on Lincoln High Street was spotted by CCTV operators and police were called.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Fletcher swore at officers when they arrived at the scene and was arrested.

Mr Philo said “He was shouting and swearing at police. He was handcuffed.”

Fletcher, 52, of Bawtry Close, Lincoln, admitted possession of a knife in a public place as a result of the incident on March 16. He also admitted failing to surrender to bail.

Jeremy Janes, defending, urged that Fletcher should be given a suspended sentence.

He said the incident was short-lived and Fletcher had not actually used the knife.

Mr Janes added: “The complainant, who is the defendant’s partner, walks away at the end of the incident. He does not compound matters by following her.

“His possession of the knife was discovered by the vigilance of those looking at the CCTV.

“He says he had the knife because he was in a low place as far as his mental health is concerned.”

Mr Janes said that Fletcher has a drink problem and needed help.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Fletcher “You were drunk and there was an altercation between you and your partner.

“You produced the knife in the street and you pointed it at and in close proximity to your partner. The dangers of someone drunk with a three-inch bladed knife pointing it at someone are obvious. The only sentence I can justify is a custodial sentence.”

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