Neighbour sentenced for street knife attack

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A man who claimed he felt intimidated by his neighbours has appeared before a court charged with cutting one of them with a craft knife in the street after threating their children.

York Crown Court heard the victim of the attack, who lives apart from his partner and children, received a call to say that 23-year-old Ryan King had made threats towards one of his children.

Helen Wheatley, prosecuting at the sentencing of Ryan King, told how, after mulling over the information with eight pints of beer, the father got a taxi to Cornhill Gardens and aggressively approached King.

Voices were raised and two women had to step between the two men, attempting to pull the father away and back to his taxi.

It was during the pushing and shoving that King produced the knife, which he had earlier been using in his home, causing a small cut to the man’s upper arm.

King, a self-employed carpet fitter of High Street, in Burniston, appeared for sentencing after previously admitted one charge each of inflicting actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Julia Harrow, mitigating, said that her client had had to live apart from his family as a result of the offences on March 25, this year, something which had led to behavioural problems with his son and step-son.

Adding that King felt intimidated by his neighbours, Miss Harrow said that her client accepted being reckless, rather than having intended causing injury.

She said that King had not been the initial aggressor, but “rose to the bait” when confronted with a situation.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that whenever a knife is produced in violent situations there was the potential for serious harm and that normally anyone doing so could expect a custodial sentence.

However, he added that he was taking into consideration the mitigating factors in the case.

He said he also took note of the fact that King was complying well with a court order imposed by Scarborough magistrates for using threatening behaviour.

Ordering that existing sentence, which includes unpaid work, to continue, the judge imposed a further 12 month community order, with supervision and a requirement to take part in a thinking skills programme.