Knife threat horror

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A WIGAN man who threatened to stab himself to death before smashing through his front door and lying in the street in order to get run over blamed his behaviour on cannabis and alcohol.

Kieron Hodgkinson, 29, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Wigan Magistrates after the incident on August 18 this year in which he went on a drinking binge and told his partner Christine Callan that “he would rather die than be with you.”

Dispensing with legal representation the accused told justices that his violent conduct was due to a cocktail of drink and drugs.

Giving evidence for the prosecution, Katie Beattie told the court how Hodgkinson returned to his home after a drinking session and woke his partner and her three children.

She said: “Mr Hodgkinson returned home in the early hours of the morning of August 18 having been out drinking since 4pm.

“He woke Christine Callan and shouted at her before holding a knife to his own chest and told her that he would rather die than be with her.

“After she called his mother he put his fist through the window and lay in the road until the police arrived and he was arrested.

“Miss Callan said that she was annoyed more than anything and that this behaviour comes out in Mr Hodgkinson when he has been drinking heavily.

“When interviewed by police he admitted causing criminal damage immediately and said he was sorry.”

Representing himself in court, Hodgkinson of Severn Drive, Norley Hall, said: “I’d had a bit to drink and a spliff.

“I have already paid for the front door to be replaced and I’m sorry for what I have done.”

When asked by magistrates why he had done it and what he is doing about keeping his behaviour in check, he replied: “I don’t really drink any more and do not use cannabis at all.

“I’ve learnt my lesson.”

Miss Callan was in court with Hodgkinson and confirmed to magistrates that the door had been repaired.

Magistrates gave him a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered him to pay £85 in court costs.