Man makes threat to ‘stick knife in throat’

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A man who threatened to ‘stick a knife’ in a stranger’s throat was frustrated over not being allowed to see his daughter, a court has heard.

At 5.30pm on April 30, Anton Giles visited his ex partner’s place of work at Specsavers, Bury St Edmunds. He would not accept she was not there and became abusive to a customer, who was with his children, saying ‘I’ll stick a knife in your throat,’ said Nikki Miller, prosecuting.

Then at 7.45pm on May 5, Giles made several 999 calls to police saying he was going to stab people. These included threats about his ex-partner and her current boyfriend. He also threatened to stab an officer.

In mitigation, Declan Gallagher said the consumption of alcohol and Giles’ frustration over a lack of contact with his daughter were key factors in his offending.

At Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Giles, 25, of Long Brackland, Bury, pleaded guilty to using threats to cause fear of violence and to making calls of an offensive nature.

He received four months custody, suspended for 24 months, with supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement, and a restraining order preventing him from contacting his ex, her partner or going to Specsavers.