Knife-threat drug addict spared jail

A MAN who grabbed a kitchen knife during a row with his partner has been spared jail.

Paul McVeigh, 32, who has a serious drug and alcohol problem, pleaded guilty to assaulting Rebecca Huntington at Town Street, Earlsheaton, on January 22. He also admitted causing £100-worth of damage to a table.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Ms Huntington became frightened about McVeigh’s drink-fuelled behaviour and threatened to call her father and brother, to which McVeigh responded by grabbing a knife from the kitchen drawer and shouting: “Get your dad, I will do him and your brother too.”

A spokesman for the probation service told the court: “He had been drinking lager all day after he had been to a football match. Regarding the knife, he had limited recollection.

He said Miss Huntington may have been scared but knows him inside out and knows that he wouldn’t hurt her.”

She told the court McVeigh, of Manor Gardens, Shaw Cross, had been using crack cocaine for 15 years and also had a problem with alcohol.

She added: “He has low moods and lacks confidence.

“He has felt suicidal, especially after a drink and drugs binge. There has also been some self-harm recently.”

McVeigh was given a community order for 12 months, a drug rehabilitation requirement for 12 months, a rehabilitation activity requirement for 25 days and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Chairman of the magistrates, Barry Lockwood, said: “We consider this so serious that it could have been a custodial sentence.”

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