Pensioner avoids jail after knife threat in social club

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A PENSIONER has been given a suspended prison sentence after he tried to stab a man in the neck during a row in a social club.

A court heard Ronald Nash, 75, lunged at Keith Gomery with a three-inch blade during a row at the Nudge club, South Elmsall, on December 31.

Leeds Crown Court heard other people in the bar had to restrain Nash and the weapon missed Mr Gomery’s neck by inches.

Dale Brook, prosecuting, said Nash and Mr Gomery had known each other for around 10 years and had previously been friends who used to go out fishing together.

Mr Brook said Mr Gomery was sat in the club around 2.30pm when he noticed Nash was staring at him.

The court heard Nash asked Mr Gomery what he was looking at and then threatened to stab him. Nash then approached him around five minutes later and lunged at Mr Gomery with a lock knife. Mr Gomery backed away and other people in the club restrained Nash and took the weapon from him. Nash then left the club but was arrested a short time later at his home on Oak Street, South elmsall.

He pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon. Nash told a probation officer after the offence that he knew he had done wrong and should not have behaved the way he did.

Nash was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and made the subject of a 12-month community order.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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