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Noise row man had 5-inch knife.

Byline: Emma Davison Court Reporter

A MAN who had problems with his neighbours has been jailed for six months after going to their flat armed with a knife and dumbbell metal bar.

Lee Sugden, of Glenside Road in Slaithwaite, made remarks about wanting to kill one of his neighbours of six years.

He was sent to prison after District Judge Peter Johnson heard that it was his second crime involving a knife from 2010.

The 31-year-old had admitted to charges of using threatening behaviour and possessing a bladed article in public.

A previous hearing at Kirklees Magistrates' Court was told that the victims were a couple who lived in the same block of flats as Sugden and there had been issues over noise.

On May 14 the female complainant was woken by banging and noises coming from upstairs.

She opened the door to find Sudgen outside, holding a metal bar in his hands. He told the complainant that he was sick of hearing her partner all day.

Sugden also had a five-inch kitchen knife on him and made comments about wanting to kill him. He knocked on the door several more times before police arrived and arrested him.

Sugden had a previous conviction for possession of a bladed article on his record from 2010.

The Huddersfield court heard that this involved him going into his sister's garden with a knife in a bid to end his own life.

Rachel Sharpe, mitigating, added: "This time he's gone and taken a knife to his neighbours' home.

"The offence was committed whilst in drink.

"He has mental health issues and has now engaged with the mental health services."

Judge Johnson told Sugden he felt that he had no alternative but to send him to prison.

He said: "There was serious danger to the people.

"I have no doubt that if the male had answered the door he would have been assaulted, most probably with a knife."

As well as being jailed for six months, Sugden was ordered to pay PS115 victim surcharge.

The knife will be destroyed.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2016
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