A knife-wielding man threatened to ‘carve up’ a man following a ‘family dispute’.
Waheem Shah, of Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, pulled a combat knife on Jonathan Stephenson on Princess Street as he was walking to the shop with friends, a court was told.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Shah shouted ‘oi you muppet’ before pulling the three-inch knife from his pocket and ‘pointing it towards the lower part of his stomach’.
Shah, who has 28 convictions for 66 previous offences, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
Clare Thomas, prosecuting, told the court how Mr Stevenson was walking along Princess Street in Great Harwood at around 10pm on May 4, 2014.
Miss Thomas said he saw Shah who was known to him as ‘Wags’ before the defendant shouted to him ‘oi you muppet’.
The court heard how Mr Stevenson ignored it although ‘he knew it was directed at him’.
Miss Thomas said: “He then saw the defendant pull out a knife from his pocket.
“It was a black knife with a three-inch blade and didn’t look like a kitchen knife, more like a combat knife.
“[Shah] threatened to carve him up and took on an aggressive stance and said he would take them all on. He then pointed the knife towards the lower part of his stomach and made contact with his jumper.”
The court heard how Mr Stevenson went inside the shop and Shah left the area. When he was later arrested by the police, Shah accepted being on the street but denied being aggressive and having a knife.
Mark Stuart, defending, said: “He accepts by his plea that shouldn’t have been carrying a knife in a public place. Fortunately enough it wasn’t used.“There is no suggestion it was more than to brandish. There is background to this. Words were said from both sides and he should’ve walked away. It was a foolish thing to do.”
Shah, 41, was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with a 12-month supervision requirement, a thinking skills programme requirement and ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work.
Judge Andrew Woolman said: “I accept there is background between you and the complainant’s family, some sort of dispute. Clearly something had happened before and on this night you clearly lost it.”