Heacham knife threat man avoids prison term

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A man who grabbed his partner’s mother round the throat and threatened her with two knives has narrowly avoided a prison sentence.

Roger Hutchinson viciously attacked his partner’s mother as he was unhappy about her living at their Heacham home, a court heard.

The 44-year-old admitted assaulting his partner and her mother following a Christmas party last year, and was warned at an earlier hearing he could be jailed.

But at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Friday, he was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with supervision and alcohol treatment requirements.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said Hutchinson and his partner arrived home separately in the early hours of December 21 and started arguing.

She said he pinned her against the wall, and then turned on her mother when she tried to pull him off.

He grabbed her round the neck and went after her with a bread knife, saying “If I’m going to get done I might as well do the job properly”.

He then left, but later returned and threatened the mum with a paring knife.

Tim Bartlam, representing Hutchinson, said there had been tensions in the house ever since his partner’s mother moved in a few weeks earlier.

He added: “He has expressed extreme remorse about what happened.”

Hutchinson also admitted obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty and causing criminal damage to a door.

As well as the community order, he was ordered to pay £145 in court costs.