A 33-YEAR-old man armed with a carving knife refused to leave a friend’s home and had to be tasered by police, a court has heard.
Paul McNicholas had been at the house in Withington Lane, Aspull, for several hours refusing to leave before the householder Bernard Talbot called the police.
When they went in McNicholas still would not go and would not drop the carving knife and he had to be tasered, said Paul Becker, prosecuting.
When arrested he explained he had been drinking heavily and had little recollection of the incident.
McNicholas, of Manor Place, Lower Ince, Wigan, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to affray.
Sentencing him Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said: “You had not been in trouble for more than ten years but you allowed demon drink to take hold of your life and you are within a whisker of going to prison.
“If you are foolish enough to behave in the way you did on this occasion you are going straight to prison and you will have eight months imprisonment hanging over your head for the next two years.”
As well as the eight-month suspended sentence the judge also ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and to attend a specified probation course.
Also imposing a four month electronically monitored curfew between 7pm-7am, Judge Goldstone said: “It will get pretty miserable. It is meant to, it is meant to remind you when you look at your own four walls that you could have been looking at prison walls of your cell.”
He added that he hoped the combined affect of the sentence would mean he would never come back before the court. “It is for you to decide if you want to go to prison.”
Martyn Walsh, defending, said that McNicholas and the other man were both heavy drinkers but McNicholas has now realised that it is the central problem of his life and he has abstained for the last 12 weeks and intends to stay sober.