Greenfield knifeman threatened killing spree


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A DOG walker was confronted with a knifeman who spat at him and threatened to kill him and ‘slit’ his dog and children.

Mold Crown Court heard there was a history of “bad blood” between the two families.

Daniel James Thompson, 23, of Clwyd Avenue, Greenfield, was jailed for 16 months after he was convicted of affray, assaulting a detention officer and breaching a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor Sarah Morgan said Lesley Wildman was walking his dog near Windsor Drive, Flint, on February 9 when he saw Thompson, who shouted abuse at him.

“Thompson spat towards him and produced a bladed article from his trousers and shouted ‘Come on then!’.

Mr Wildman told him to put his weapon down but he ran ahead of him, spat again and said: ‘I’m going to kill you and slit your kids and your dog’.

“He began swinging the blade in front of his face and kicked out towards him,” said Miss Morgan.

The incident ended shortly after with no one injured.

When arrested and interviewed, Thompson denied carrying a knife and claimed Wildman had started the trouble.

Thompson was agitated in custody and when officers tried to strip him to put him in a gown, he had spat in the face of one policeman.

He was in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for harassment of an ex-partner when he had threatened to bomb her premises and slit her throat.

Damian Sabino, defending, said Thompson had been aggrieved about being stripped and put in a gown and had been shouting so much that saliva had inadvertently gone into the policeman’s face.

He said at no stage did he actually intend to cause any harm to Mr Wildman and said there was a history of bad blood between them.

Judge Niclas Parry said after the “ugly harassment” of his previous partner, Thompson had been given a chance with a suspended sentence.

But within months had breached the sentence and had threatened, spat at and threatened to stab someone.

“The use of knives on the streets of North Wales is of enormous concern and young men using them must realise they will go into custody.

“You also spat in the face of a police officer,” Mr Parry said.

He sentenced Thompson to three months in prison for assaulting the police officer, 10 months for affray and activated three months of his suspended sentence, a total of 16 months in jail.

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