Man who waved knife over girlfriend is spared jail
9:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Latest News
A POSSESSIVE man who waved a knife over his girlfriend as their relationship was falling apart has been told by a judge that ‘people are not property’.
Julius Gordon was warned that, should he behave in the same way again, he will go to prison.
The 43-year-old was appearing at Swindon Crown Court to be sentenced for assaulting the woman after taking her car without permission.
Gordon said he and his partner had both been drinking heavily and were under stress.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said he and Miss Carter had been together for about 18 months before the incident.
The relationship started well but became volatile and she described him as becoming withdrawn from his friends, possessive and drinking heavily.
On the evening of Wednesday, May 1 she had been out with a friend in Old Town and bumped into Gordon. She had tried to get him to leave her alone.
When she went to drive home she found her car was not where she had left it and soon after found it nearby with Gordon, who had got hold of a spare key, behind the wheel. After getting the car back she went home, but he turned up banging at the door. She told him to go away as he screamed and shouted and threw items at her windows.
He got in using a key and went to her bedroom to remonstrate with her, losing his temper.
Miss Hingston said he accepted he put his hand over her mouth, causing bruising, and she produced a knife which, unknown to him, she kept under the bed.
Gordon said she threatened to hurt herself with it, so he took it from her and, after waving it around saying ‘silly things’, he threw it on top of a wardrobe.
The pair then fell asleep and when the police arrived in the morning he was arrested.
Gordon, of Victoria Road, pleaded guilty to common assault and taking a vehicle.
The court heard he had previous convictions, including some for violence a long time ago, and a more recent one for sending malicious texts to Miss Carter.
Rob Ross, defending, said his client is usually a ‘happy go lucky chap’ and what happened that night was uncommon.
He said prior to the incident he had been suffering from depressive moods and he then started to drink heavily.
After his arrest he went to see his GP and is receiving counselling, which he wishes to continue, and would appreciate the help of the probation service.
Passing sentence, Recorder Michael Bowes QC said: “Any form of violence towards someone with whom you are in a relationship is completely unacceptable.
“It is no less serious than violence against a stranger: people are not property. “If there is any recurrence of this behaviour you will go to prison.”
He imposed a two-year community order with an alcohol treatment requirement and told him to attend a Building Better Relationships course.