A 25-year-old man who brandished a kitchen knife during a confrontation with his ex-wife and her new partner has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Judge James Goss said he was anxious about the case of Craig Ferrari, but decided to take the risk of not jailing him immediately.
Ferrari was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he admitted possessing the knife.
Prosecutor Giles Bridge said father-of-one Ferrari, of Eastwood Avenue, Halifax, had changed the lock at his ex-wife Kimberley Stanley’s home while she was having a night out.
When she returned in the early hours with partner Jason Croft they were able to get in.
Ferrari, who had been drinking, turned up at about 1am and after a confrontation with Mr Croft at the door managed to get into the kitchen where he picked up a knife with a six-inch blade.
Mr Bridge said the police were contacted, but Ferrari followed the couple outside and swung the knife at Mr Croft saying:’’Let’s see how hard you are now.’’
As Mr Croft backed away Ferrari turned his attention to his ex-wife who was holding her 18-day-old baby at the time.
‘’She too backed away and fell backwards over a two-foot high garden fence,’’ said Mr Bridge.
When police arrived Ferrari continued to be aggressive waving the knife around and CS gas had to be used during his arrest.
Barrister Louise Azmi urged Judge Goss to take account of Ferrari’s previous good character, his guilty pleas and his strong work ethic.
Judge Goss said Ferrari had been in drink and was obviously jealous.
Mrs Azmi explained that her client had changed the lock, but had gone back to the house when he thought better of it.
She said when he saw Mr Croft he ‘’exploded’’.