Knife held to teen’s throat

Daniel Donovan, 24, of Lindale Gardens, South Shore, who has been jailed for 20 months for afrray and threatening a person with an offensive weapon
Daniel Donovan, 24, of Lindale Gardens, South Shore, who has been jailed for 20 months for afrray and threatening a person with an offensive weapon

A man who held a knife to a teenage girl’s throat after chasing her down a street has been jailed.

Daniel Donovan had wanted the 18-year-old, along with her two friends, to stay at his mum’s home in South Shore.

Preston Crown Court heard he chased after the group on Highfield Road at about 5am one morning after they left.

He held the knife at shoulder height towards the girl and pushed the weapon “against her throat”.

Just eight weeks before the incident, he had been released from jail from a previous sentence where he had threatened to “slice” someone with a knife.

Donovan, 24, of Lindale Gardens, South Shore, was jailed for 20 months.

He had pleaded guilty to offences of affray and threatening a person with an offensive weapon, in a public place.

Zoe Salter, prosecuting, said the teenage girl and a female friend had seen Donovan in a nightclub on February 28 this year.

One of them had known him for about a year.

They left the club and agreed to go back to Donovan’s home along with another friend.

But when they decided to leave he chased after the group.

Miss Salter said: “He pushed the knife against her throat, causing her to step backwards. He threw the knife over a garden wall.

“The group managed to run away and the police were contacted.

The defendant was arrested, having been found hiding under a parked vehicle nearby.”

Donovan had been out the previous night to drown his sorrows, having lost his job.

Bunty Batra, defending, said: “What took place wasn’t pre-planned. When he held the knife to the girl’s neck he said ‘I don’t know why I’m doing this’.”

But Judge Christopher Cornwall said: “She had no idea what you were going to do next. What a terrifying experience for her.”

The court heard that he had 60 previous offences to his name.