December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Threatening a friend with a knife during an argument has resulted in a 16-month prison sentence for a 44-year-old Norwich man.
David Samuels was given the sentence at Norwich Crown Court yesterday having admitted affray and the breach of a suspended sentence order at an earlier hearing.
Samuels, of Holmes Close in the Heartsease area of the city, was said to have become embroiled in an angry argument with his partner at their home address on August 4.
Nick Methold, prosecuting, said that Samuels picked up a kitchen knife when a friend tried to intervene in the argument and threatened him to not get involved.
Mr Methold said Samuels then used the knife on his own arm. He said: “He has a history of offending going back to the early 90s, initially for drugs and then recently for burglary, many burglaries.”
This included being sent to prison for 18 months in November 2007 for threatening to kill and wasting police time.
The latest offence had also breached an 18-month sentence which was suspended for 12 months in August 2012, for sending a number of sexual texts to a 13-year-old.
Michael Clare, in mitigation, said Samuels is now intending to make a “clean break” from his life in Norwich and intends to start a new life with his mother on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Clare said: “That may be good news for the people of Norwich but not for the people of the Isle of Wight, but my point is he is looking to the future.”
Recorder Michael Evans reduced both the 12-month prison sentence and the previously suspended 12-month sentence to eight months due to the guilty plea from Samuels, but to run consecutively for a 16-month total.