Knifeman with 112 previous convictions jailed over threats to stab women at Metro station

Lee Young has 112 previous convictions.
Lee Young has 112 previous convictions.

A man has been jailed after threatening two women with a knife at a Metro station - then claiming the weapon was a pen.

The women, both in their 20s, were on their way home from a night out in March when Lee Young approached them at Tynemouth station.

Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: "As they entered they became aware that Young was shouting in their direction and they told him they wanted nothing to do with him.

"He followed them and continued to be aggressive towards them.

"He then produced a knife - one of them said it was longer than a penknife.

"When one of the women told the defendant that she had contacted the police, he threatened to stab her.

"When interviewed he said he was holding a pen. He now concedes it was a knife."

Young, 48, walked off when other passengers started to arrive at the station, the court was told.

One of the women said he appeared to be under the influence.

One victim said she was "still in shock" about it, while the other said she felt she had to be more careful when she was out and about.

Mr Wardlaw said that Young, of Woodlands Terrace, The Lawe Top, South Shields, has 112 previous convictions over the last 23 years.

Jeff Taylor, mitigating, said Young was "more of a nuisance to the public than an extreme danger".

"He is not a habitual knife carrier. There is a way to a better life and he appears to be working towards it," he said.

Judge Sarah Mallett, handing Young a 12-month prison sentence, said he should have thought better of pulling out the knife.

"You had to search through your bag to find it and get it out, you had the opportunity to consider what you were doing," she said.

"It is important for members of the public to feel safe when they use the Metro. The dangers of carrying knives are sadly well known."

Young pleaded guilty last month to threatening with an offensive weapon.