A man has been given a suspended jail sentence after he was seen brandishing a knife following a town centre brawl.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Robert Andrew Joseph was not involved at the start of the incident near Cross Church Street, Huddersfield where a man was involved in a fight with two others in the early hours of November 16.
But Dave Mackay prosecuting said after that man “came off worse” having been kicked while on the ground he was seen “looking for some back up.”
It was then he was joined by Joseph and another man and they returned to the area of the first incident where the man initially assaulted threw a punch at one of his previous assailants, but because police were on the scene they were quickly separated.
However shortly afterwards the two groups “ran into each other again” near New Street and it was then Joseph was captured on CCTV pulling the knife out and making jabbing motions at the other men as he followed them.
Joseph, 26, of Greenside Avenue, Waterloo, Huddersfield admitted possessing an offensive weapon, threatening violence and possessing cocaine. He was given a six month prison sentence suspended for two years with 250 hours unpaid work.
Judge James Spencer QC told his counsel he had read reports on Joseph and was prepared to give him one chance because of his lack of previous convictions.
He told Joseph: “But if you think it is a good idea to go out with a knife at all, you are wrong.”