Leeds killer jailed over knife threat to partner

Alvin Warren.
Alvin Warren.
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A convicted killer has been given an extended prison sentence for attacking his partner and holding her knife to her throat.

Alvin Warren threatened to kill the woman during a row over a pawned ring.

Warren, 40, has a history of knife-related violence including stabbing a man to death in a drug-fuelled attack in Cottingley, Leeds, in 1999.

Warren was given a nine-year sentence by a judge who told him he continued to pose a serious risk to members of the public.


Leeds Crown Court heard Warren attacked his partner of three years on May 7 this year at her home in Kirkstall. Earlier in the day Warren had persuaded the woman to pawn one of her rings so he could pay off a debt.

She went into Leeds city centre and obtained £135 for the ring and gave Warren £60. Warren left the house but returned later in an angry state.

The pair argued before Warren attacked her and held a knife to her throat as he threatened to kill her. Warren then slashed his own wrist during the incident and an ambulance was called. Police were informed and came to arrest Warren.

Warren, 40, of Fernbank Drive, Bramley pleaded guilty to common assault and making a threat to kill. Richard Reed, mitigating, said the offence occurred at a time when he was abusing mkat and drinking heavily. Judge Sally Cahill, QC, told Warren: “The injuries she sustained were minor but a knife was held to her neck when she knew about your past history. Warren was told her must serve a custodial sentence of four years followed by an extended licence period of five years. Warren was given a 10-year prison sentence in 2000 after a court heard he killed a 21-year-old man while already on bail for another stabbing.