Chef who armed himself with large knives in Louth given suspended sentence


A chef who armed himself with two large knives and headed into Louth town centre in the early hours has been sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court. Richard De’Ath, 21, was given a suspended jail sentence.

De’Ath reacted after receiving a phone call from a female friend asking for help after she was receiving “bother” from a group involved in an earlier incident in the town.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said De’Ath picked up two large chef’s knives and set off to meet her. On the way he changed his mind and turned back but out of frustration in then slashed the tyres of a car parked in Eastgate. The incident was seen by police officers and he was arrested.

De’Ath, 21, formerly of Charles Street in Louth, but now living in Shrigley, Cheshire, admitted charges of damage property and possession of a knife in a public place arising out of the incident on December 29, 2013.

He was given an eight month jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months supervision.

He was also ordered to pay £43.20 compensation to the car owner, £340 prosecution costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Recorder John Butterfield told him: “I cannot emphasise too much how closely you have come to going straight to prison.

“It is all too easy to see how, in drink and armed with those knives, this could have escalated appallingly.”

Gordon Holt, defending, said that earlier in the evening De’Ath had been with a friends in Moomins Night Club and they were involved in an incident with a group outside the premises.

De’Ath made his way home but then received the call from the woman and went to her assistance.

Mr Holt said “On this one occasion he has acted entirely out of character.”

He said that De’Ath had recently gained promotion to a better job and had been assessed as a low risk of