ARMED police were called out following reports of a drunk man walking the streets of Flint with a large kitchen knife.
Oleg Vinogradow was approached by an armed officer and ordered to put the knife down because he was regarded as posing a threat.
But he threw the knife to the floor and put his hands above his head as instructed to do so, a court heard yesterday.
The 43-year-old defendant, from Albert Avenue in Flint, admitted possessing a blade in a public place – in Church Street in the town centre – on the night of October 5.
He was placed on an 18-month community order and sent on an alcohol programme – and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
Prosecutor Justin Espie said the defendant’s wife rang the police to say he had arrived home from the pub, said he had been assaulted and left the house armed with a knife.
She believed he was making his way back to the pub.
The defendant was drunk and armed police were dispatched and he was found holding a long-bladed kitchen knife in his hand.
An officer drew his firearm and pointed it at him, ordering him to drop the weapon.
He threw the knife to the road and put his hands on his head when instructed to do so.
Vinogradow became aggressive and kicked out and head-butted the inside of the police car.
Andrew Hutchinson, defending, said Vinogradow worked at a factory in Bodelwyddan.
Two years ago a group of people entered his home and attacked him.
He suffered a fractured eye socket and his wife and father-in-law were also assaulted.
That matter was due to go for trial but Vinogradow had been concerned that he needed to protect his family if they returned.
On the night of the incident, he’d been attacked in a pub.
He returned home and got the knife to protect himself from further attack.
He said he’d lost his car keys during the incident and wanted to go back for them but did not want to be hurt.
“He was not going back to assault the people who had assaulted him,” explained Mr Hutchinson.
“He wanted his car keys but feared being assaulted again.”