Man jailed for lunging knife at love rival
BITTER feuding between two love rivals over the same woman turned nasty when one of them angrily pulled out a fearsome knife, a court heard.
Both men had been in a relationship with the woman at different times and the bad-tempered knife-wielding confrontation was sparked after they exchanged abusive text messages, the court was told.
Kye Tomlinson, 22, formerly of Cleethorpes, admitted affray and possessing a knife as an offensive weapon on October 13.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Martin Grabiniok had been in a relationship with Jessica Andrews but returned home "to find another man in their bed" and assaulted him with a stiletto heel.
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He was later jailed for 15 months for an offence of wounding. His relationship with Miss Andrews finished and, at the time of the knife incident, was on licence.
Tomlinson was later in a relationship with Miss Andrews. She sent a text message to Mr Grabiniok because she was unhappy about a Facebook posting.
Texts were exchanged and they became more abusive, but it became apparent that Tomlinson was using her phone to send messages, said Mr Evans.
Tomlinson later confronted Mr Grabiniok at his sister's Grimsby home and warned him: "I'm going to smash you up. I'm going to weigh you in."
Mr Grabiniok told him to go away, but Tomlinson pulled out a 10-inch-bladed kitchen knife and lunged at him. Mr Grabiniok feared for his son's safety and thought Tomlinson was trying to goad him into breaching his licence conditions.
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said it was a serious but short-lived incident and nobody was injured. Tomlinson was ashamed of his actions and had been out of trouble for about two-and-a-half years.
He had reduced his drinking, had learned his lesson and Miss Andrews was still supporting him.
Judge David Tremberg told Tomlinson: "You decided to take the law in to your own hands. You were angry. You swung at him with a knife. Thankfully, you had the sense to withdraw.
"Your actions were premeditated. You were armed with a knife that was capable of causing serious or fatal harm."
Tomlinson could not "roam about" intending to "cause mayhem", said Judge Tremberg.
Tomlinson was jailed for a year and was given a two-year restraining order, banning him from contacting Mr Grabiniok or from using violence or threatening behaviour towards him.