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Craig Stonier of North Avenue in Leek waved knife after row with Craig Marsh over Katie Hilson

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in Hanley

A MAN became involved in an "extremely nasty" incident which led to him wielding a knife during an argument outside his Leek home.

Drunken Craig Stonier, aged 23, became angry and started shouting at Craig Marsh in the street, and held a knife and waved his arms around above his head.

He has now been jailed for 14 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Rupert Jones said Mr Marsh had previously been in a relationship with Stonier's partner, Katie Hilson, and he went to her home in Leek at 7.30pm on May 8.

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The defendant went to speak to Miss Hilson and an argument began on his return.

Mr Jones told the court: "Neighbours could hear shouting.

"The defendant was being very aggressive and was shouting at Mr Marsh.

"Two neighbours saw him holding a knife and waving his arms around above his head.

"He went back in the house, only to return with the knife still in his hand and he continued to wave it around.

"One of the defendant's friends tried to calm him down and took him back in the house."

The court was tood police searched the house but did not find a knife.

Neighbours heard Stonier say: "I will get you. If I do not get you now I will get you later."

Mr Jones added: "Neighbours felt scared by what they saw."

The defendant was arrested.

He answered no comment to all questions in his police interview.

Stonier, of North Avenue, Leek, pleaded guilty to affray and having an article with a blade in public. Nick Tatlow, mitigating, said Stonier's account was that Mr Marsh became aggressive and pulled a knife out of his trousers and said he would kill him.

Stonier picked up the knife and told him to get out the street.

Mr Tatlow told the court: "He feels a sense of grievance.

"The incident would not have happened if Mr Marsh had not behaved as he had done.

"He understands the offence is aggravated by the fact he had been drinking."

Jailing Stonier, Recorder Andrew Easteal told Stonier: "You became embroiled in an extremely ugly and entirely unnecessary incident.

"I accept you did not start it but as it unfolded your behaviour was entirely unacceptable.

"In the course of the ugly exchange you waved the knife around towards him and in the air.

"Neighbours were understandably scared and shaken right outside their homes."

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