Jail for man armed with crowbar and knife outside Bury St Edmunds pub

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A man who armed himself with a craft knife and a crowbar outside a Bury St Edmunds pub, has been jailed for eight months.

Joe Boreham, 21, was angry with his girlfriend and spat on a table in Benson Blakes in St John’s Street, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The court heard Boreham had sent absuive texts to his girlfriend who was out with friends, before he turned up at the pub where they were drinking.

When a man tried to intervene, Boreham punched him in the face. A second man who tried to intervene was also hit.

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said Boreham then produced the craft knife from his bag, before going to his van parked nearby and returning with a crowbar.

Police armed with a taser arrested Boreham.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault, one of possession of an offensive weapon and one of carrying a knife in public.

Simon Gladwell in mitigation said: “He quite clearly has a lot of issues that he needs to address, some of which have been made worse by his drinking.”

He said Boreham had never revealed the blade of the knife, that he used it for work, and that he had taken it out believing it would prevent the incident from escalating.

Boreham of Landseer Court, Haverhill, was sentenced yesterday (14).

Mr Recorder Guy Ayers said: “You have some very worrying attitudes towards women and what constitutes proper behaviour in a relationship.

“This was a very nasty piece of violence and potential violence in a public place.”