Man threatened ex's brother with knife
A MAN who took a knife into the street to threaten his ex-girlfriend’s brother has appeared in court.
Rhys Paul Harris admitted possessing a knife in public after he took a kitchen knife into the street.
Harris, aged 25, had been dating Jemma Huxtable and was friends with her brother Andrew.
When the pair broke up, the friendship between the two men also broke down, Swansea Crown Court heard.
By May this year text messages were being sent between the group along with offensive Facebook messages.
On May 14, Mr Huxtable was driving near Harris’s home when he saw him and jumped out of his car.
An altercation broke out between the pair which turned physical, prosecutor John Lloyd told the court.
Mr Huxtable then got in his car and drove off but Harris then followed him and tried to chase down the car with the knife in his hand.
The judge said he accepted there had been little chance of Harris catching Mr Huxtable but said there people possessing knives in public had to be dealt with by the courts.
It had already accepted by the prosecution that Mr Huxtable had been the main aggressor at the start of the incident.
Mr Huxtable did not make a formal complaint until a second incident between Harris and his sister in July.
Harris, of Glanmor Road, Uplands, threatened Miss Huxtable while she was shopping on July 1.
The pair had both admitted arguing before Harris threatened to have both Miss Huxtable and her brother shot.
During the incident, Harris began banging on the window with such force, the shop manager told police he thought the window would break.
Mr Huxtable then chose to make a complaint about the first incident.
Harris then admitted both possessing a knife in public and a public order offence.
Judge Peter Heywood said: “Anyone who takes a knife into a public place commits a serious offence. The Lord Chief Justice has made it clear that people who behave in that way can expect an immediate custodial sentence”
But he said there had been no realistic chance of Harris either catching Mr Huxtable with the knife, or following up on his threat to shoot him and his sister, but he said the offences were both “unpleasant”.
He said Harris had a number of previous convictions including for public order offences but the judge said he felt he could suspend the term of imprisonment.
For the bladed object offence a term of 12 weeks was imposed and for the public order offence a consecutive term of four weeks was imposed. They were both suspended for 12 months.
Harris was also told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.