Man Pulls Knife on Doorman for Talking to his Girlfriend

13 Mar, 2019

Man Pulls Knife on Doorman for Talking to his Girlfriend

A jealous former serviceman held a lock knife as he walked towards a bouncer, a court heard.

Retired Steven Finighan, now living in Spain, advanced on the man he had seen talking to his girlfriend.

A judge told the 56-year-old he pulled out the knife when there was a risk of trouble on the Barbican.

But Finighan avoided jail at Plymouth Crown Court because of his guilty plea and good character.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in Basket Ope on February 10.

Althea Brooks, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Finighan had pulled out a knife and advanced on a member of staff at the Three Crowns pub.

She added the defendant appeared jealous after the man had spoken to the woman earlier that night.

Nick Lewin, for Finighan, said: “He is terrified at the prospect of prison, though that is a fear he has brought upon himself.

“He is on a military pension, enjoying the retired life in Spain.”

The barrister stressed that Finighan had reached his mid-50s with a good character.

Judge Paul Darlow told the defendant: “The bladed article was produced in circumstances where there was a risk of serious disorder.

“I cannot tell you how sad it is to see a man of your calibre in court.”

He handed Finighan an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He will have to pay £425 towards prosecution costs.

Source – Plymouth Herald

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