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No jail for man after he made threats with knife

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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A KNIFE-wielding drunk who threatened police and residents at a block of flats in Burton has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Steven Crowley barricaded himself in a room at his former partner’s home in Byrkley Street and threatened to stab officers or blast them with a shotgun, Stafford Crown Court heard.

The defendant plunged the knife through the door and kicked a hole in it as police tried to Taser him, but missed.

Eventually Crowley opened the door and came out with his hands up.

The 33-year-old admitted charges of affray and criminal damage.

He was given 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and handed a six month curfew.

Walter Bealby, prosecuting, said the violence incident started on New Year’s Eve, just six weeks after Crowley had been released from jail for assaulting his partner Terri Allen.

Their relationship resumed and, on December 31, she got a phone call from him. She realised he was just outside her home and went to open the game to the flats.

Two other residents in the block of flats, Daniel Jackson and Carl Bailey were on the stairs and Crowley accused his partner of having an affair.

He went in to the kitchen of their flat and came out armed with knife.

Ms Allen tried to calm him down, but Crowley threatened to kill himself if police were called. Police had been alerted and officers heard Ms Allen screaming and saw the defendant bare-chested.

Crowley leaned over the bannister and slashed the knife towards the officers before running back in to his partner’s flat and in to his room, locking the door.

He was told to drop the knife and come out, but he responded by shouting ‘I’ll do you’, making threats to stab the officers and claiming he had a shotgun.

He stabbed the knife several times through the door and kicked a hole in it.

Eventually Crowley gave himself up to police.

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said Crowley had very little recollection of the incident. “He is someone who for many years been in the grips of an addiction and regularly drank to excess,” he said.

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