Leeds businessman is jailed over knife threat to rival

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A man who held a knife to a rival’s throat during a dispute over business has been jailed for 14 months.

A court heard Gary Price, 54, left the country and moved to Mexico following the incident which took place at offices on Town Street, Bramley, in July 2009.

Price was arrested in April this year after returning from central America to live in the UK.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened over a dispute as to whether VAT should have been paid on a quote for £1,000 worth of work.

Price went to the victim’s workplace to discuss matters after a county court judgement was issued against him. The court heard Price became verbally abusive before holding a lock-knife against the victim’s throat.

He then threatened to kill the victim and set fire to his business. Price also made threats to kidnap his rival’s son and kill him. Price was arrested in relation to the incident but left the country with his family. He pleaded guilty to affray, having a bladed article and failing to surrender to custody.

Craig Sutcliffe, mitigating, said Price, now of Millbrook Square, Oxfordshire, had returned to the UK on occasions over the five-year period and had not deliberately tried to avoid being arrested.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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