A Stanton teenager who lashed out with a ‘Rambo style’ knife in ‘excessive self defence’ has been given a suspended sentence.
Joel Davies, 18, of School Lane, Stanton, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
Prosecuting, Andrew Shaw said Davies had been at home on June 18 when Gary Stammers, accompanied by three other young men, had arrived in a car.
The court heard that Mr Stammers, 22, had wanted to speak about an incident in which it was alleged a brick had been thrown through his mother’s window.
After speaking briefly to Davies’ mother, who said he was not welcome, Mr Stammers was confronted by Davies who ran out of the house brandishing a ‘Rambo style’ knife, said Mr Shaw.
The court heard that during ‘momentary contact’ Davies caused a small cut to Mr Stammers’ wrist.
Judge Rupert Overbury sentenced Davies to four months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered him to participate in a Thinking Skills programme.
He told Davies: “Young men like yourself using knives in a public place is something which unfortunately is on the increase.”
Judge Overbury said he accepted the case involved unusual circumstances and that Davies had acted in ‘excessive self defence’ because he was trying to protect his mother when there had been a degree of provocation.