Knife-wielding man scares young girls

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AN angry man brandished a Stanley knife to frighten three young girls after an argument broke out about him throwing cherries at them.

A girl complained her T-shirt had been stained and the mother of one of the girls took Nathan Waltham to task, Spalding magistrates heard.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said Waltham became upset when the woman made remarks about his late father.

He went home, armed himself with a knife, and was flicking the blade up and down when the girls approached him in an alleyway leading to the Cornfields park.

Mr Paulson said the girls were about five metres away when Waltham asked: “Have you been telling your mum about me? You know I have stabbed somebody before.”

The girls – aged ten, 12 and 13 – were frightened and ran home.

Mr Paulson said Waltham later told police he wanted to use the knife “to threaten or frighten them”.

Waltham (18), of Marshland Drive, Holbeach, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive behaviour towards the children, who cannot be identified because of their age.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a Stanley knife on the same date, September 1.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday sent Waltham to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence on both charges and extended his conditional bail.

The date of the crown court hearing will be notified to Waltham directly.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said it was alleged Waltham had thrown cherries – which he denied – and the mother of one of the girls then said various things to him that were designed to upset.

He said Waltham got the knife and went out again.

Mr Alexander said it was the girls who approached Waltham and not the other way around.

Waltham asked the girls to go away but they didn’t.

Mr Alexander said there was clearly the threat of a knife but he was not walking towards the girls and they were about 15ft-20ft away at the time.

He said: “He accepts that he was flicking the knife open and shut.”

Mr Alexander also said it was accepted that the offences crossed the custody threshold.