An irate taxi driver barked at a neighbour’s dog before trying to stab its owner.
According to the Hull Daily Mail, Kevin Rowbottom, 58, was angry about the Jack Russell barking in its garden in east Hull, which backed onto his garden.
Stephen Littlewood, prosecuting in Hull Crown Court, said before Rowbottom drunkenly confronted the dog’s owners with a knife, a neighbour two doors away looked out of the window and found his behaviour “so odd” he decided to film it.
“The dog’s barking and he can be seen barking back at it,” Mr Littlewood said. He was trying to antagonise the dog “in an aggressive way”, the court heard.
A short time later, at 8.30pm on June 25 last year, Rowbottom appeared at the front door of the couple who owned the dog and was shouting aggressively when it was opened by one of the couple’s young sons. He shouted: “Where is your dog? Your dog’s barking - I’m going to f****** kill it.” The woman “immediately formed the impression he was heavily under the influence of alcohol”, the court heard.
Rowbottom stepped through the door towards the woman repeating his threats, so her partner stood between them, “trying to reason” with Rowbottom, while she went to call police. Conscious of their children, the man tried to usher Rowbottom away from the house and closed the door behind him.
With the woman providing a “running commentary” to police in her 999 call, she saw Rowbottom start “swinging” at her partner, catching him with a blow to the face.
The man pushed Rowbottom away and told him to leave, but they both ended up struggling on the floor. The householder got up just as Rowbottom pulled out a “large kitchen knife” and “drove it straight towards Mr [victim’s] stomach”. He managed to move out of the way, but still suffered a scratch through his T-shirt.
The man - who later described the incident as “utterly terrifying” - ran to a friend’s place. His partner did not know whether he had been stabbed and feared for the safety of herself and her children. She was “incredibly distressed”.
Rowbottom was arrested and in interview claimed the other man was the “instigator”. He later admitted attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.
Jailing Rowbottom for four and a half years, Recorder Darren Preston told him: “Mr Rowbottom, taking a knife out in the street, or into any area of confrontation, represents a serious offence. It is doubly so when you are drunk, as you were, and out of control. This is because knives taken into public order situations of tension or conflict have a tendency to be used, and when they get used people get killed or people get seriously injured.”