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Joel Stillborn got into drunken street fight while brandishing a knife
A MAN who got into a drunken fight outside his home while brandishing a knife has been told he is fast running out of chances to avoid prison.
Joel Stillborn pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour and the possession of a knife in public following the incident outside his home in Beech Avenue, York, on May 19.
On Wednesday, York Crown Court heard Stillborn, 25, had been drinking heavily with friends on May 19 and had returned home late in the afternoon.
At about 7pm, he was seen by a neighbour and a passer-by in a fight with another man.
Punches were exchanged by both parties and Stillborn was seen pointing a knife at the other man, the court was told. The fight broke up, but after a verbal exchange, a second fight broke out before Stillborn returned to his flat.
The court heard Stillborn, who has previously been given a suspended sentence and carried out 300 hours of unpaid work, had no clear recollection of the incident.
Taryn Turner, mitigating, told the court Stillborn was a hard-working man and had returned from the pub early to sleep ahead of an early start the following day.
She said: “This defendant was disturbed from his early night by a young man attending the door whom he believed had a relationship with his partner during a period of some estrangement.
‘‘Not surprisingly, that was the cause of some upset.”
Judge Stephen Ashurst, sentencing Stillborn, said: “I am satisfied that you had been drinking and trouble came to your door.
“You have had a good report from probation, that helps you today.
‘‘You must understand you are fast running out of chances and if you disobey the order I have in mind, it will be very difficult for someone on your behalf to keep you out of prison.
‘‘The court will not be as lenient with you on the next occasion.”
Stillborn was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.