A man has been jailed for nine months after he produced a knife in a Huddersfield nightclub during a dispute.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on November 29, 2014 when Kurt Bernard Mullarkey began to row with another man in the Tokyo nightclub.

A third man went to intervene and then realised as Mullarkey was facing him that he had a Stanley knife-type blade in his hand.

Camille Morland prosecuting said as that man intervened he felt a pain in his elbow and realised he had a minor wound from the blade but did not need any treatment.

Door staff intervened at that time and Mullarkey was subsequently arrested and denied ever having a knife saying he had been grabbed and just pushed someone away.

Leeds Combined Courts, Crown Court.

Miss Morland said Mullarkey had a previous conviction in 2011 involving possession of a knife which meant he was liable for a minimum six months sentence if it was not unjust.

Mark Brookes representing Mullarkey argued that it would be possible to suspend the sentence because of the change in his circumstances.

At the time of the offence he was only 21, he was now 23 and his girlfriend was expecting their first child in September. He had the chance of training as a junior draughtsman with employers who were happy to keep him.

He was also no longer going out socialising and drinking but had channelled any excess energy into boxing including taking part in charity events.

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Mullarkey, 23 of The Park, Kirkburton admitted affray and having an offensive weapon and was jailed for a total of nine months.

Recorder Taryn Turner told him there had to be an immediate sentence. “You chose to go out to a nightclub and no doubt had a bit to drink, but for reasons not satisfactorily explained to me and probably which you can’t explain to yourself, you chose to go out armed with a knife, a Stanley type blade.

“The dangers of people carrying knives when in drink and become involved in a dispute are plain to see.”

She said whatever the altercation was about when someone sought to remonstrate and calm things down “you used it.”

“Happily for the victim the injury was minor and didn’t need medical treatment, but that seems to me more from pure good fortune on your part, it could have been much more serious even fatal.

“The message must go out to young people to go out drinking in crowded bars armed with knives that when arguments blow up such as here, there is the potential for a fatality.”