Worker threatens pub goer with large knife

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A worker who carried a huge knife into a pub after a row on a works night out has been jailed.

Paul Rowley, of The Crossroads, Freckleton Street, Preston, admitted a charge of affray following the alarming incident on August 8 last year in Freckleton.

Prosecuting, Craig MacGregor told Preston’s Sessions House Court that after becoming threatening and abusive in a public house in the village, Rowley had returned to the busy scene armed with a large blade.

The dad-of-one then threatened victim Jacob Callaghan, whose father bravely stepped in to stop the incident escalating.

Sentencing the 32-year-old to nine months in prison, Recorder Long said: “People who produce knives in public places must realise they will inevitably be sent to prison.”

Defending Rowley, Claire Brocklebank said: “He suffered injuries during the offences, that’s the risk one takes. He had a black eye and swollen jaw.

She added at the time, he had not been taking his medication for mental health problems correctly, which may have “explained his state of mind.”

The court heard his former manager had given him a glowing reference praising his work ethic, and that he had got another job since the incident.

Recorder Long said: “ On August 7 you went for a few drinks with friends from work.

“For some reason things turned sour and you became threatening and abusive.

“You left in a taxi but you were unable to resist.

“You armed yourself with a large knife and you returned to the scene.

“Fortunately his father intervened and the episode came to an end.

“Whether you had taken drugs or whether it is a result of your psychological issues remains to be seen.

“However it cannot be said it was out of character.

“You have previous offences for affray, assault and possessing a knife."

But he accepted Rowley was “capable of living a productive life” after hearing various work references.

He added: “ It is hoped when this comes to an end you are able to return to a law abiding life.”