Richard Burrington, mitigating, said the defendant had been a troubled youth, but had not been involved in a serious offence for 20 years after meeting his wife.For twenty years? How old are these reprobates?
Jonathan Fairchild, 66, of Hannett Road, Canvey, was involved in a long-running dispute with neighbour Alan Nutt, 52, over a tree which was overhanging his garden.Good lord!
Matters spilled over on July 23, when Fairchild, who had been drinking, lost his temper with Mr Nutt, claiming he was playing music too loudly.
He marched next door and confronted him with the knife in front of several witnesses.
Judge Alan Saggerson, sentencing Fairchild at Basildon Crown Court, said: “The law takes a serious view of possession of a knife in a public place, not because drunken morons like you take knives out with malicious intent, but because accidents can and do happen.
“This is the sort of ridiculous behaviour I’m accustomed to dealing with drunken teenagers.”Quite!
Others are clearly taking no chances:
Over-55s at a retirement complex have been slapped with a booze ban following anti-social behaviour from elderly residents.Yes, it’s the return of collective punishment, folks! All because a couple of them had a bit too much sherry.
Gobsmacked tenants looking to enjoy a summer drink have been told they cannot consume alcohol in their communal gardens following reports of fighting at the quaint housing complex.
Staffordshire Housing Association have already removed residents’ garden furniture after two neighbours were caught brawling at Bishop Court, in Stoke on Trent, Staffs.I really can’t see the benefit in removing the furniture, unless the HA staff have seen one too many westerns, and think there’s likely to be an orgy of chair-breaking, should the residents’ sciatica be up to it…
Tom, 58, said: “They’re taking my liberties away. I like a drink when the sun comes out and they’re stopping me from sitting out. It’s out of order and like being in a prison.”Well, no, Tom. It’s worse than being in a prison.
Despite the fact that people in prison have committed offences to get there and you haven’t, you’d actually be treated with far more respect in a prison…