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Wirral man who brandished knife at children's party is jailed
A ROCK Ferry man who brandished a knife in the street terrifying women and children at a party spat in a police woman's face while being arrested.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Matthew Heffernan had gone out into the street bare chested and wearing flip flops with the knife down the back of his shorts.
Jailing him for 18 months Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, pointed out: "People don't have knives down the back of their shorts for convenience or a fashion statement."
He said that he had put it there with the intention of frightening Carl Bingham whom he wrongly accused of banging on his door.
"Not only did you frighten him but by pulling out the knife and brandishing it and threatening to chop heads you frightened everyone in the vicinity including women and children."
The judge also told Heffernan that he was very fortunate that he was not facing a separate charge for spitting in the face of the police woman.
Heffernan, of Grove Road, Rock Ferry, had pleaded guilty to affray and having an article with a blade.
He was sentenced to 17 months for those offences with one month of a two month suspended sentence, imposed for public disorder, ordered to run consecutively.
Rob Jones, prosecuting, said that on August 3 the Bingham family held a party at their home in Grove Road and about 11pm Carl Bingham, who was drunk, went out to look for a present he had lost en route to the house.
While he was out in the street Heffernan came out of his house and accused him of knocking on his door and he followed him as he went back to his house and produced the knife from the back of his shorts and brandished it, shouting "I'm going to start chopping heads."
The police were called and although Heffernan had returned home he came back out knocking on the Bingham's door terrifying the women and children inside.
Officers disarmed him and he spat at the sergeant but fortunately the window of the police car was shut.
"He also spat at the wpc and unfortunately it caught the left side of her face which she found particularly disgusting," said Mr Jones.
John Weate, defending, said: "He accepts he acted in a really stilly stupid and potentially dangerous way."
He had not intended to go out but earlier that evening someone had been knocking on his door making a nuisance of himself but he now knows it was not Carl Bingham, he said.