Man jailed for brandishing knife in Luton

01/03/2012

After watching CCTV of drunken Jordan Ward walking through the streets of Luton and brandishing a knife, a judge told him, "You were a stabbing waiting to happen."

At Luton Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay told Ward, "You could have been standing here facing something far more serious".

Claudette Elliott, Crown Advocate for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told the court how on the evening of 28 October last year, Ward, who was out with his girlfriend came across a group of friends who were standing outside a house in Russell Street enjoying a drink and dressed as Halloween figures. On seeing the group 19-year-old Ward shouted out, "Look at the state of that lot".

Miss Elliott said a party was being held in the house and Ward who had been out drinking wanted to be allowed in. When his entry was barred by the boyfriend of the young woman who was holding the party, Ward suddenly produced a large kitchen knife and said, "Do you want to get stabbed?"

Judge Kay was told Ward pressed the tip of the knife against the left cheek of the man, which left a visible mark.

The prosecutor said another man had the knife pointed at his stomach and Ward eventually left but not before taking a large bottle of Smirnoff Ice, which was with the group. The court was told the police were called.

Miss Elliott then played CCTV footage to the court which showed Ward shortly after the incident walking through the town centre area of Luton and brandishing the knife for anyone to see. CCTV controllers were soon aware of him and the knife and tracked him through Wellington Street and Dunstable Place.

Walking with his girlfriend close by, Ward could be seen in a highly excited state, constantly waving his arms around and on occasions shouting. Police were able to arrest him soon afterwards.

Ward, of Gordon Close, St Albans, pleaded guilty to common assault and having a bladed article.

Dominic Woolard defending said it was a cocktail of drink and drugs that night that had led Ward to embark on the "yobbish behaviour". He said he had foolishly armed himself with the knife, having himself been attacked earlier. He knows his behaviour was stupid that night he told the court.

Judge Kay jailed him for 9 months.

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