Jailed: South Shields man with record of violence who armed himself with knife for street fight

Scott Duncan was jailed for eight months.
Scott Duncan was jailed for eight months.

A knifeman who pulled out a blade during a violent street attack has been put behind bars.

Scott Duncan was holding the weapon when he punched Daniel Merrie and threatened to stab him with it.

In the violence that followed, after Duncan dropped the weapon, Mr Merrie suffered a cut to his eyelid, a swollen, bruised face and a red eye.

Duncan, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, admitted common assault and having a bladed article.

At Newcastle Crown Court Mr Recorder Ewan Duff sentenced the 21-year-old, who has a record for violence, to eight months behind bars.

The judge told him: "You had armed yourself with a knife. It is right to say you didn't use the knife in the attack, but you threatened the use of the knife in the attack."

The court heard trouble flared while Duncan was a visitor to a house in Newmarket Walk, where there was a history of problems between neighbours.

The court heard Duncan was "swearing and aggressive" ourside the house, and Mr Merrie came out to tell him to stop swearing and go away.

The court heard Duncan asked Mr Merrie if he "wanted a go" before punching him.

Prosecutor Vince Ward told the court: "The defendant had a knife behind his back. Mr Merrie asked him to put the knife down.

"The defendant punched Mr Merrie, pointed the knife at him and threatened to stab him. He dropped the knife and attacked him."

The court heard Duncan has convictions dating back to when he was just 14, many of which are for violence.

Graeme Cook, defending, said: "Drink is the problem, it is clear from his record."

Mr Cook said Duncan had claimed to have picked up the knife to protect himself.