Man’s knife threat to a mum of six

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man held a serrated knife to the throat of a mother-of-six after disturbing her as she slept with her children.

Ian Farmer threatened the mum telling her “I am going to kill you if you don’t take me back,” Blackpool magistrates court was told.

I am going to kill you if you don’t take me back

Farmer, a 52-year-old father-of-three, formerly of Kent Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault.

He had been arrested after the assault and spent five weeks in custody.

Farmer was sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 20 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, put on nine months’ drink rehabilitation and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Roger Lowe sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Farmer’s former partner was asleep on a sofa with her children on December 22 about 2.40am.

Farmer, who had been drinking, barged into the room before going to the kitchen getting the knife and threatening her.

In self-defence she hit him in the groin, he doubled over and she grabbed the knife, throwing it away.

She told police she had been extremely frightened for herself and her children.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client would not be returning to his ex’s address and would be looking for hostel accommodation.