Neighbour in knife row quits street

A MAN aged 44 who pulled a knife during a Doncaster neighbour dispute was told by a judge he is old enough “to know better”.

David Richard Wainer replied that he would soon be leaving the area of Campsall where the violent incident blew up in August last year.

Recorder Stuart Brown, QC, told the defendant at Doncaster Crown Court: “I am not here to decide the rights and wrongs of life in Shakespeare Avenue, but to decide the penalty for what you did on that night.

“What was wholly inappropriate was for you to go out with a knife, that was asking for trouble. I recognise there may have been some element of provocation but not enough to justify your actions.

“You are of an age where, frankly, you should know better.”

The judge sentenced Wainer, a driver, to 30 weeks’ jail, suspended for a year, with 150 hours of unpaid community work and £600 costs.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told the court Wainer became upset when a neighbour’s dog began making a noise and he banged on the wall of their semi-detached house.

Residents saw him on the street and when they tried to calm him down he became more abusive and aggressive towards neighbours.

He went into the house and returned brandishing a knife before he was restrained by his partner and went back inside.

Mr Coxon said Wainer was “in a blind panic” and walked across the fields to Featherstone. There he caught a bus and eventually arrived in Bournemouth for a couple of days before he returned to face the music.

He pleaded guilty to affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

He had 15 previous offences, some relating to other incidents in his street. Nowaz Hossein, defending, said there had been no incidents since.