Knifeman ‘heard voices’

A DEWSBURY man blamed voices in his head after arming himself with a knife and threatening to commit suicide. 

Police were called by staff at Connect Housing after Gary Barlow, 48, threatened to kill himself. Magistrates’ were told the incident occurred just after 4pm on November 3, when Barlow called a Connect service that helps people who suffer from mental health issues.

Officers found the defendant on Northgate where he told them he had a “very sharp knife” in his pocket that he had brought to harm himself with. The weapon was found in his coat pocket.

He was arrested and told officers if they had not acted he would have killed “himself or somebody else”.

Barlow, of Ashworth Close, Dewsbury, was unrepresented in court but pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon in public.

He told the magistrates’ bench he suffered from mental health issues and had stabbed himself on a previous occasion. He also said that at the time of the offence he had been hearing voices telling him to kill himself.

Barlow was handed a six-week jail sentence suspended for a year and fined £115.

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