Doncaster man jailed for chasing ex-girlfriend down street with knife

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

A man who chased his ex-girlfriend up the street armed with a knife has been jailed for eight months.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Liam Chambers, aged 24, turned up drunk at Coral Wilks’ house and demanded cash because he needed to pay for a room.

They began arguing and Miss Wilks took the children next door for safety before Chambers chased her down Park Road in Doncaster.

Ian West, prosecuting, said she dropped her mobile phone as she ran which Chambers picked up along with a ten-inch kitchen knife.

Police were called and Chambers was arrested. He still had the phone but the blade was never found.

Chambers, of Ennerdale Road, Wheatley Hills, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and stealing the phone on September 21 last year.

The court heard he has 55 previous convictions including 17 for theft. Just nine days before the latest incident he had been given a conditional discharge for threatening behaviour.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said Chambers had lived with Miss Wilks for a short time but they separated and she told him to leave.

Mr Aspinall said he went back and claimed she owed him money and they began arguing over it with “matters getting out of hand.” He never used the knife.

Judge Rosalind Coe told Chambers she had no option but to impose a custodial sentence because he had a knife in public. Chambers was jailed for eight months and a restraining order was made against him not to contact his ex-girlfriend.