Man jailed for knife incidents - Luton and Dunstable


Dean Phillips thought he would go to a gay bar thinking it would be a place less likely to attract trouble.

After drinking heavily he took to the dance floor and, while dancing, struck a female dance floor steward and was asked to leave The Flame nightclub in Wellington Street, Luton.


Plillips swore at security staff trying to eject him and spat in the face of one man. Outside the club he struggled with police as they tried to get him into the back of a van. What the officers didn't know as they struggled with the 27-year-old was that he had an extremely sharp kitchen knife in his pocket. As a result, Luton Crown Court heard today, Tuesday, 05 May 2015, one officer ended up with a cut to his knee in the struggle with Phillips. He hadn't taken out the knife, but the court heard the tip of the blade had been protruding from his pocket and the officer had suffered a wound.


Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told that Philips of Sandland Close, Dunstable had been arrested on the night of 08 March this year and was subsequently granted bail. But that didn't stop him 10 days later from walking into the Wheatsheaf Pub in Dunstable armed with a machete after staff there had refused him an after hours pint.


Once more Phillips had been drinking heavily, but luckily a male member of staff at the pub was able to usher him out of the pub and Phillips was arrested a short while later. The story unfolded today when he pleaded guilty to common assault and having a bladed article outside The Flame and affray and possessing an offensive weapon 10 days later at the Wheatsheaf.


Minal Raj, defending, said when not in drink her client was a hard working polite young man. She described his dancing at the gay bar that night as "Wild." She went on: "When he has consumed alcohol he completely changes personality."


The court was told Phillips had a long list of previous convictions.


Judge Farrell jailed him for a total of 29 months telling him: "I hope you address your alcohol problem while in custody."


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