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Drunken nuisance spared jail for second time
A DRUNKEN nuisance has dodged prison for the second time for making threatening calls to the police and vowing to murder people.
Simon Darlington was told that he must tackle his booze problem or face getting into further trouble - and ending up behind bars.
The 40-year-old was the subject of a suspended jail sentence for making menacing 999 calls when he did exactly the same in June.
He repeatedly rang police to say he wanted to kill someone but refused to give his name or location, Teesside Crown Court heard.
When he was traced to North Lodge Park in Darlington, he shouted and swore to officers in front of horrified children.
The drama unfolded just eight months after Darlington was spared jail for an almost identical incident in the town's Tom Raine Court.
In that case, he left bystanders terrified when he jabbed a knife into the ground and muttered: “I'm going to f***ing kill some people.”
Prosecutor Rachel Masters said he made two telephone calls to police, vowing to "slice up" one officer and "take out" another.
Darlington was spared prison after a judge heard he could have lost his home and would not receive the alcohol treatment he needs.
His barrister, Carl Swift, used the same argument on Friday when he told Judge George Moorhouse: "He needs help."
Mr Swift said: "When the police arrived, he simply descended into a drunken stupor, and collapsed towards a fence, and made a rather pathetic attempt to lunge towards them."
The defendant, of Pierremont Crescent, Darlington, admitted sending a malicious message and being drunk and disorderly.
He was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 18 months of supervision and a three-month curfew.
Judge Moorhouse told him: "You must realise your behaviour will not be tolerated."
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