Flint man brandished knife at his father

Published date: 28 May 2014 |
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AN “angry and agitated” son brandished a kitchen knife at his father.

Jonathan James Purnell had earlier pushed his father so hard he fell against a patio window.

When his mother went to phone the police he shouted “don’t you dare” and got a knife out of a kitchen drawer.

He stood facing his father with the knife in his right hand, Alun Humphreys, prosecuting, said.

His father, Colin Purnell, was concerned for his safety but took hold of his son by the torso from behind and pushed him out of the door before locking it.

Jonathan Purnell, 25, of Chester Road, Flint, admitted assaulting his father on April 29 and damaging a UPVC double glazed door, together with an offence of resisting police at Plas Bellin Hall in Oakenholt the previous evening.

Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold heard how the family had since forgiven their son and were standing by him.

He received a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and he was placed on supervision.

James Purnell was ordered to pay £165 costs.

District Judge Andrew Shaw said following the incident at Plas Bellin, the defendant had been bailed to his parents’ home in Sealand Avenue, Holywell, which the father agreed to with some degree of reluctance.

Then he became involved in an argument and a struggle with his father – before producing the knife.

“You placed him in fear that he, your father, would be injured by you with a knife. This would have been a terrifying incident. You owe him the most enormous apology. You need to build bridges with him,” Mr Shaw told him.

A previous anger management course appeared to have had no effect whatsoever, he said.

The judge said he had decided to suspend the sentence in view of the attitude shown by his parents and partner, and the defendant’s own personal difficulties.

Brian Cross, defending, said the defendant’s partner, mother and grandmother were in court supporting him. His father supported him but could not attend court as he was working.

“He has forgiven him and wished the court to exercise some leniency,” Mr Cross said.

The defendant accepted his responsibility and wished to apologise for what he had done.

He had mental health issues going back to his childhood, there had been a lack of help and his family felt he had been let down by the system. It was intended he should receive counselling and other assistance.

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