Man jailed for knife threats

A GROUP of people barricaded themselves in a room of a house after a man who was armed with two knives became violent, a court has heard.

A GROUP of people barricaded themselves in a room of a house after a man who was armed with two knives became violent, a court has heard.

Rikki Ottley went to a house in Grimwade Street, Ipswich armed with a large knife and claimed to have already put someone in hospital, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

He then announced “I'm going to do the same to you” and became involved in a scuffle with a man who managed to disarm him, said Godfried Duah, prosecuting.

Ottley had then produced a second knife and the man and other people in the house had run into a room and barricaded themselves in.


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The police were called and when they arrived they arrested Ottley who was still holding the second knife.

Ottley, 18, of no fixed address, admitted two offences of having a knife in a public place and was jailed for eight months.

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Sentencing him Judge John Holt said: “It's a serious matter to carry knives. It is more serious if you take them out and brandish them and particularly worrying that at the time you were in drink.”

Mr Duah told the court that Ottley had gone to the house in Grimwade Street to visit a friend on September 21 after another friend was taken to hospital.

Roger Thomson for Ottley said his client had no previous convictions and had a history of depression and self harming.

He described Ottley as a “vulnerable” young man and said that fortunately no-one was injured in the incident.

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