A Rillington man has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence after he threatened to kill a fellow resident at Malton YMCA with a knife.
York Crown Court was told that armed police had been called to the YMCA hostel. Four officers, armed with a sidearm, rifle, taser and shield, went to the premises in the early hours of July 29 after James Robert Croft, 21, had taken exception to a perceived slight on his girlfriend by another man.
Banging on the complainant’s door, and armed with a kitchen knife and shouting that he was going to kill him, Croft, now of The Ruddings, Rillington, was said at the crown court hearing last Wednesday, to have been acting completely out of character.
He appeared at the court for sentencing after previously admitting making a threat to kill and damaging property.
The court was told that after making the threat, Croft had returned to his own room and thrown a television and other items around.
Croft, unemployed, who had faced a maximum sentence of up to 10 years, had been abstaining from alcohol, but went to a party on the night of the offences, had drank and lost control, the court heard.
His legal representative said that everyone, including the complainant who had known Croft for four months, considered he had been acting out of character.
Croft, who had a previous conviction or causing damage to a window, was sentenced to nine months’ custody, suspended for two years and was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £100 towards the prosecution costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £100.