A man involved in a love triangle has been jailed for going armed with a knife at night to a house in Sutton where a couple were together in bed.
Gary Haynes (41) started banging at the property in Mayfield Place and shouting: ‘Get down here and we’ll sort it out. I want to see Caroline, I know she’s here.’
He was holding a 10-inch kitchen knife concealed inside a blue plastic carrier bag.
Nottingham Crown Court was told he lunged at love rival Terence Newman when he got dressed and came out into the garden.
Mr Newman knocked the bag away but suffered cuts to two of his fingers, said Gareth Gimson, prosecuting.
The police had been called and arrived to see the end of the struggle. Haynes was asked to put the knife down and he did.
It was only later the couple discovered that voice and text messages had been sent by Haynes threatening to kill them.
Haynes, of Brown Crescent, Sutton, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of a weapon on 23rd September.
His barrister Harold Ewing said his client had left his wife and home in Plymouth to come and live with Caroline Ambler. He understood her relationship with Mr Newman was over.
Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, told Haynes: “I entirely accept your actions were prompted by your feeling you had been grievously let down by this woman.”
Haynes had discovered she had returned to Mr Newman despite making a complaint against him, a matter in which Haynes had been prepared to give evidence on her behalf.
But arming himself with a knife and causing a commotion was simply not acceptable, said the judge, although the injuries were fortunately minor.
The sentence was nine months and the judge made a restraining order, banning any contact with Caroline Ambler for five years.