Knife threat man in court

AN ALFRETON man who brandished a knife and threatened to stab his ex-wife has been spared jail.

Katherine and John Briddon had been married for 20 years but had lived separate lives in the same house for the past two years, a court heard.

Chesterfield magistrates were told she had a new partner, Anthony Brough, who dropped her off at home on the night of November 1.

Briddon, 58, arrived home at the same time and, inside the property, he held a four-inch blade knife and threatened to kill her and her new partner.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said this took Mrs Briddon totally by surprise.

He then pointed the knife at her and again threatened to stab her.

Briddon went upstairs and his wife walked outside and phoned Mr Brough, who told her he would call police.

Briddon, of Oak Drive, was arrested and told police the situation at home caused a lot of tension and arguments. They had a row and he picked up a knife and threatened her.

He admitted assault at an earlier hearing when he was warned that he could be locked up. But presiding magistrate Mrs Pat Boyle instead imposed 100 hours unpaid work and a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs.

His solicitor, Julian Hammond, said: “He accepts he wielded the knife.

“It wasn’t pre-meditated. There hadn’t been any violence in the past and there was no intent to carry out the threats.

“It resulted from the tensions.”

Mr Hammond, added that Mrs Briddon moved out of the property following the incident.