Troublemaker grabbed a knife and threatened brother in front of children
CHILDREN screamed in terror seconds before drunken troublemaker Brett Hodges suddenly grabbed a knife and angrily threatened to stab his brother during a frightening confrontation.
Hodges, 22, of Tennyson House, Grimsby, admitted affray on August 17.
Charlotte Baines, prosecuting at Grimsby Crown Court, told how Hodges had been living in Scunthorpe with his mother, Jackie Burnett, but she told him he would have to leave if he did not find work.
An argument later broke out and, after he was told he had to find somewhere else to live, he started shouting and lashing out.
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He damaged pictures on the wall, including one of his daughter, and kicked and punched out at walls.
His brother, Liam Hodges, was present with his children, who were screaming and crying. Hodges became more agitated.
He shouted to his brother: “If you don’t get out of my way, I’m going to stab you.”
He tried to punch his brother but Liam Hodges dodged the blow.
Hodges then grabbed a bread knife from the kitchen, the court was told, and warned his brother: “I’m going to kill you.”
Liam Hodges used his foot to knock the knife out of his brother’s hand, grabbed him in a headlock and dragged him outside.
Hodges warned him: “You’re a dead man.”
The incident was resolved when his brother managed to lock him out.
Hodges later admitted he sometimes drank nine to 12 litres of cider a day and sometimes used cannabis.
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Hodges had spent 110 days in custody and was motivated to change his ways.
Alcohol was the cause of the offending.
Hodges was given a one-year supervision order, including alcohol treatment, and a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting his mother and brother and going within 100 metres of her home.