Plymouth knife threat man's plea for a prison term is rejected
A DRUNKEN man who threatened his stepdad with a knife on Father's Day pleaded with a judge to send him to jail.
Lee Rust, aged 38, asked to go to prison for six or 12 months rather than face probation supervision under a community order.
Rust lunged at his stepfather after a family meal holding an eight-inch kitchen knife, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
He swore and said he would "have him". Rust, now living at the Salvation Army hostel in Park Avenue, Devonport, admitted affray on June 17 this year.
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Recorder Francis Abbott gave him a two-year community order under probation supervision with a curfew for six months. Rust must reside where directed by the probation service.
Recorder Abbott said: "If I gave him a short prison sentence he would be off drink for a while but he would not be cured and the first thing he would do on release is go to the pub."
But Rust said he would "rather go to prison" than face two years of probation appointments.
He added: "Why not six months or 12 months, get it over and done with?"
Recorder Abbott said that a prison sentence would not tackle his drinking.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Rust was reconciled with his family and was supported by his mother and sisters in court.
Ramsay Quaife, for Rust, said he had already spent five weeks in custody.