A man has been given a suspended jail sentence after he threatened another with a penknife outside a newsagents in Huddersfield.
Nicoleta Alistari prosecuting said Mr Sirat stopped him and told him it was closed knowing the remaining staff member inside was cashing up.
This angered Sharp who began shouting abuse and then held a knife with a four-inch blade to Mr Sirat’s throat. He pushed Sharp away with both hands and as Sharp grabbed his jacket both fell to the ground.
She said the complainant punched Sharp trying to protect himself since he still had the knife and the friend intervened to separate them.
Police arrested Sharp and in addition to the penknife a Stanley knife was found on him.
Gillian Batts representing Sharp said the incident was isolated and very much out of character for him. He was someone who suffered from a social anxiety disorder for which he took daily medication.
That affected his ability to handle some day to day situations. He would also drink to reduce his anxiety and relax at the end of the day. He had been helping to fit speakers at a friend’s home using the knife to cut wires.
Sharp, 29, of Dalton Lane Green, Dalton, admitted threatening with a bladed article and was given six months in prison suspended for 12 months with a 30 day rehabilitation order. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.