Bare-chested knifeman threatened driver in Plymouth
A BARE-CHESTED thug threatened a motorist with a Stanley knife after he was interrupted as he tried to tamper with the car door.
Wesley Trevan, who has a string of previous convictions for knife crime, went to a friend's house to fetch the weapon which he held to the victim's chest.
The 26-year-old, of George Place, in Devonport, admitted possession of a knife in a public place.
He was yesterday jailed for six months, suspended for a year, and ordered to receive drug rehabilitation as part of a 12-month supervision order.
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Judge John Neligan told him: "You have quite a history of possessing knives and using them to make threats."
Emily Pitts, prosecuting, said a motorist returned to his car in Perrinvale Road, in Torquay, at 7pm on an evening in August to find Trevan trying the door.
"The motorist asked him what he was doing and an argument ensued and the victim described Trevan as having eyes which were dilated and staring," Miss Pitts said. He had no top on and had tattoos.
"Trevan went to the home of a friend and returned with a Stanley knife which he held at the other man's chest as he talked in a rambling manner about his mother dying four years earlier from a drugs overdose."
Miss Pitts told Exeter Crown Court how Trevan had numerous previous convictions, including four involving knives or razor blades in Plymouth.
On this occasion he had been staying with friends in Torbay, the court heard.
Llewellyn Sellick, defending, said an assessment showed Trevan had started to make progress in tackling the drug problem that lay behind all his offending.