A MAN accused of brandishing a knife during a scuffle with another man while “out of control” was jailed for 14 months.

David Phillips, 49, of Bryn Eglwys, Rhos on Sea, admitted threatening someone with a bladed item and criminal damage to a woman’s mobile phone.

Judge David Hale today said at Mold crown court that it was an unpleasant offence. He told Phillips: “This night you were out of control but you took a knife out with you for no good reason.”

The judge said the knife was wielded in a frightening manner and he didn’t suspend the sentence. “I’m not suspending it because it’s too serious and you need time to come to terms with your alcohol problems and the help you will get in prison,” Judge Hale declared.

CCTV footage was shown to the court.

Defence barrister Sarah Yates said Phillips’s last conviction was for stalking. He described being a “mess.” While remanded in custody he had engaged with organisations.

“This has been the shock he’s needed to straighten himself. He wants to rehabilitate himself. He’s had the short, sharp shock,” the lawyer added.

Prosecutor Dafydd Roberts said Phillips had argued with his ex-partner. The knife bust-up happened after a man had been texted about the situation and turned up in his car outside Phillips’s flat.