Man who brandished eight inch kitchen knife at Pc avoids jail

Man who brandished eight inch kitchen knife at Pc avoids jail

Man who brandished eight inch kitchen knife at Pc avoids jail

First published in News Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MAN has narrowly avoided jail after he brandished an eight-inch knife at a woman police officer and threatened to kill her.

Basildon Crown Court yesterday heard PC Watson was “extremely frightened” as Richard Ward, 39, threatened her with the kitchen knife in Cricketers Way, Basildon, in the early hours of January 12.

The drama unfolded after Ward dialled 999 and told the operator he was going out with a knife and if police tried to stop him someone would be stabbed.

Laureen Husain, prosecuting, told the court Ward left his home at about 2am armed with a black handled eight-inch kitchen knife.

He and pal Michael Stiant walked towards Cricketers Way while he brandished the knife at a passer-by.

The court heard one person became scared and flagged down a police car, driven by PCWatson.

PC Watson tracked Ward to Cricketers Way.

Ward spotted her and made stabbing motions towards her with the knife.

The court heard PC Ward radioed for back-up and Essex Police dog handler, PC Finch, arrived in his police car.

When Ward spotted the car he made stabbing motions towards PC Finch and shouted: “I am going to do you. I am going to kill you.”

Quick-thinking PC Finch rolled his car forward, forcing Ward to jump back. He then leapt from his car with police dog Cody.

Ward started lunging towards the three, threatening to stab and kill them.

However, PC Finch told him to put down the knife or he would release Cody, before other officers arrived, Tasered Ward and arrested him.

In interview, Ward told officers he did not remember much of the incident because he had drunk nine cans of Budwiser and a bottle of wine. Stiant was handed a caution for obstructing police.

Ward admitted threatening two police officers in execution of their duty at an earlier hearing.

Matthew Bowman, mitigating, told the court his client accepted the Crown’s account of what happened.

Ward, of Fenners Way, in Basildon, was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Judge John Lodge said he was able to suspend Ward’s prison sentence so he could complete an alcohol treatment course with the Essex Probation Service.

He said: “The minimum sentence for this offence is six months in prison, but in light of this appalling incident your sentence must be longer.

“Courageous police officers were put at risk because there was a drunk man on the streets brandishing a knife.

“Quite rightly, you were arrested and remanded by the Magistrates’ Court.

“You have started to deal with your alcohol issues in prison and I take the view it is a harder sentence for you to undergo intensive treatment in the community.”

Comments (26)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:33am Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting.
Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 35

8:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

Wow, could you get a weaker prosecutor than Laureen Husain, thorough preparation and highlighting of potential further threat to the public should have ensured a custodial sentence.
Wow, could you get a weaker prosecutor than Laureen Husain, thorough preparation and highlighting of potential further threat to the public should have ensured a custodial sentence. supermadmax
  • Score: 23

8:40am Thu 20 Mar 14

Rich;'Carol says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting.
Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
You are right.. The new laws from 2009 state they can give up to 4 years for carrying a knife and up to 11 years to threaten with a knife and these magistrates who do not know anything at all give this Rsoll nothing. I bet he sent down his next in the person for nicking a lump of cheese. I AM DISGUSTED
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.[/p][/quote]You are right.. The new laws from 2009 state they can give up to 4 years for carrying a knife and up to 11 years to threaten with a knife and these magistrates who do not know anything at all give this Rsoll nothing. I bet he sent down his next in the person for nicking a lump of cheese. I AM DISGUSTED Rich;'Carol
  • Score: 22

8:42am Thu 20 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting.
Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
It was crown court not magistrates, which means that the magistrates actually did their part but forwarding the case to crown court on the assumption that they did not have the sentencing power to deal with it. They have a maximum of 6 months and considered this to be an indictable offence.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.[/p][/quote]It was crown court not magistrates, which means that the magistrates actually did their part but forwarding the case to crown court on the assumption that they did not have the sentencing power to deal with it. They have a maximum of 6 months and considered this to be an indictable offence. supermadmax
  • Score: 12

8:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

Barry Bas says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
If you read the story again you will see it was the Crown Court that handed the sentence down not the Magistrates Court. The Magistrates obviously realised that this was too serious a crime for them to rule on and quite rightly passed it up to the Crown Court.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Magistrates, hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.[/p][/quote]If you read the story again you will see it was the Crown Court that handed the sentence down not the Magistrates Court. The Magistrates obviously realised that this was too serious a crime for them to rule on and quite rightly passed it up to the Crown Court. Barry Bas
  • Score: 7

9:03am Thu 20 Mar 14

InTheKnowOk says...

There you go, a prime example of how we fail in this country ..
There you go, a prime example of how we fail in this country .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 11

9:13am Thu 20 Mar 14

Discouraged says...

The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge. Discouraged
  • Score: 13

9:26am Thu 20 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

should have let Cody in on the action.
should have let Cody in on the action. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

9:41am Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting.
Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 9

9:49am Thu 20 Mar 14

rayleigh123 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
I thought it was 4 years for having a blade - let alone threatening a constable

THE CROWN COURT JUDGES SHOULD HOLD THEIR HEADS IN SHAME

.
.
.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.[/p][/quote]I thought it was 4 years for having a blade - let alone threatening a constable THE CROWN COURT JUDGES SHOULD HOLD THEIR HEADS IN SHAME . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 10

10:22am Thu 20 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Discouraged wrote:
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.[/p][/quote]It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge. I hate the police!
  • Score: -21

10:31am Thu 20 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Discouraged wrote:
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.
I am not fond of the police, given their recent performance over exploding caravans on the A130. See other story.

However, nobody should be threatened with a knife and this loonytune could have killed somebody. Anyone could have been a victim.

Waving a weapon around in public is an absolute no no. We all get angry but if we all went waving weapons at people we don't like, what sort of a world would it be?

We've all got a hit list where undesirable people are concerned but most of us keep it in our heads.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.[/p][/quote]It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.[/p][/quote]I am not fond of the police, given their recent performance over exploding caravans on the A130. See other story. However, nobody should be threatened with a knife and this loonytune could have killed somebody. Anyone could have been a victim. Waving a weapon around in public is an absolute no no. We all get angry but if we all went waving weapons at people we don't like, what sort of a world would it be? We've all got a hit list where undesirable people are concerned but most of us keep it in our heads. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

11:26am Thu 20 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.
I thought it was 4 years for having a blade - let alone threatening a constable

THE CROWN COURT JUDGES SHOULD HOLD THEIR HEADS IN SHAME

.
.
.
What makes a police officer so special? Just another human being in a fancy costume.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Crown Court Judge(s), hold your heads in shame, God help society, with all the recent high profile stabbings, mugging and attacks, involving knives, the message given out at this court is disgusting. Should have sent that scum down, 4 years.[/p][/quote]I thought it was 4 years for having a blade - let alone threatening a constable THE CROWN COURT JUDGES SHOULD HOLD THEIR HEADS IN SHAME . . .[/p][/quote]What makes a police officer so special? Just another human being in a fancy costume. I hate the police!
  • Score: -13

12:13pm Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

The court heard PC Ward radioed for back-up and Essex Police dog handler, PC Finch, arrived in his police car.
Surely the Echo mean PC Watson, ward was the knifeman....
The court heard PC Ward radioed for back-up and Essex Police dog handler, PC Finch, arrived in his police car. Surely the Echo mean PC Watson, ward was the knifeman.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

12:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Basildon30 says...

'PC Ward radioed for back up'?

Who writes these reports? Schoolkids?
'PC Ward radioed for back up'? Who writes these reports? Schoolkids? Basildon30
  • Score: 11

12:19pm Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
The court heard PC Ward radioed for back-up and Essex Police dog handler, PC Finch, arrived in his police car.
Surely the Echo mean PC Watson, ward was the knifeman....
No wonder he got off, were the Echo team on the jury?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: The court heard PC Ward radioed for back-up and Essex Police dog handler, PC Finch, arrived in his police car. Surely the Echo mean PC Watson, ward was the knifeman....[/p][/quote]No wonder he got off, were the Echo team on the jury? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

1:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

canveydude24 says...

Judge John Lodge needs a f'in good boot up his a$$.
Judge John Lodge needs a f'in good boot up his a$$. canveydude24
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MarcelloM says...

"Ward dialled 999 and told the operator he was going out with a knife and if police tried to stop him someone would be stabbed"

He give policia warning - why they test his patience so? Policia risk innocent people's lives by trying to stop him.
"Ward dialled 999 and told the operator he was going out with a knife and if police tried to stop him someone would be stabbed" He give policia warning - why they test his patience so? Policia risk innocent people's lives by trying to stop him. MarcelloM
  • Score: -5

3:17pm Thu 20 Mar 14

emcee says...

It is this example of the of justice system that has allowed the UK to break. The current batch of stabbings in the local area are proof of this.
The age of lawlessness and vigilantism is not far off. Watch this space.
It is this example of the of justice system that has allowed the UK to break. The current batch of stabbings in the local area are proof of this. The age of lawlessness and vigilantism is not far off. Watch this space. emcee
  • Score: 10

6:10pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Discouraged wrote:
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.
Cos somebody can't hold their drink is no excuse to go out armed with a knife and lunging at people He should have had a long custodial sentence

If you can't hold your drink then don't.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.[/p][/quote]It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.[/p][/quote]Cos somebody can't hold their drink is no excuse to go out armed with a knife and lunging at people He should have had a long custodial sentence If you can't hold your drink then don't. Idontknowy
  • Score: 4

6:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Judges should be elected.
Judges should be elected. Nebs
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

who the hell allows these judges to have such power.

This beggars belief and I seriously wonder what bloody planet they are on - they make a total and utter mockery of the hard work undertaken by police
who the hell allows these judges to have such power. This beggars belief and I seriously wonder what bloody planet they are on - they make a total and utter mockery of the hard work undertaken by police Dan-Hockley
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Discouraged wrote:
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.
I don't know who you are, but can you do the world a favour and don't breed!
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.[/p][/quote]It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.[/p][/quote]I don't know who you are, but can you do the world a favour and don't breed! Dan-Hockley
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Nebs wrote:
Judges should be elected.
And the inept ones, put into stocks, for the delivery of some rotten eggs.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Judges should be elected.[/p][/quote]And the inept ones, put into stocks, for the delivery of some rotten eggs. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 5

7:13pm Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Discouraged wrote:
The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.
It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.
I am not fond of the police, given their recent performance over exploding caravans on the A130. See other story.

However, nobody should be threatened with a knife and this loonytune could have killed somebody. Anyone could have been a victim.

Waving a weapon around in public is an absolute no no. We all get angry but if we all went waving weapons at people we don't like, what sort of a world would it be?

We've all got a hit list where undesirable people are concerned but most of us keep it in our heads.
Look on the bright side Kim, they didnt burn them in town, behind some grotty flats...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The police risk their lives then get kicked in the teeth by the legal system. Both this home Secretary and the previous one said that people caught carrying knives should go to prison, let alone lunging at people.This should be appealed, and shame on the Judge.[/p][/quote]It's their job. No sympathy for them atall. The correct decision was made in my eyes. We all do stupid things after a few drinks. Not to the extent what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one was harmed atall, so all in all, a good result for everyone involved. Well done John Lodge.[/p][/quote]I am not fond of the police, given their recent performance over exploding caravans on the A130. See other story. However, nobody should be threatened with a knife and this loonytune could have killed somebody. Anyone could have been a victim. Waving a weapon around in public is an absolute no no. We all get angry but if we all went waving weapons at people we don't like, what sort of a world would it be? We've all got a hit list where undesirable people are concerned but most of us keep it in our heads.[/p][/quote]Look on the bright side Kim, they didnt burn them in town, behind some grotty flats... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

7:45am Fri 21 Mar 14

The blues says...

The point is he was given a so called intensive community programme, a so called ATR (Alcohol Treatment Requirement). Which means he will get no help as Probation do not run these courses, they are run by CDAS and they offer nothing! Intensive!!! What a joke! Next time he might kill some one, at least he would have detoxed in Prison, criminal justice system stinks!!!
The point is he was given a so called intensive community programme, a so called ATR (Alcohol Treatment Requirement). Which means he will get no help as Probation do not run these courses, they are run by CDAS and they offer nothing! Intensive!!! What a joke! Next time he might kill some one, at least he would have detoxed in Prison, criminal justice system stinks!!! The blues
  • Score: 5

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree