Liam Fenn avoids jail for terrifying attack in Canterbury property
Liam Fenn, 28, jabbed a bread knife at his victim and told her, “I will put it in you” after she confronted him about her items going missing from their shared kitchen.
Liam Fenn threatened his housemate with a bread knife after she accused him of stealing her food
He then threw a plate at her and said: “I’m going to do something I regret” before she called police who arrested him.
Fenn, from Canterbury, Kent, avoided jail after he was found guilty of common assault at Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
But he was ordered to pay £400 in costs, give £200 compensation to his victim and handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
Prosecutor Neil Sweeney said Fenn began growling shortly after he was accused by the woman of stealing food from the kitchen of their shared accommodation in Canterbury.
He said: “Fenn said he hadn’t been taking food, and then he became aggressive, shouting right in her face.
“The victim pushed Fenn’s ready meal onto the floor to distract him, and as she did he grabbed her arm to stop her.
Fenn threw a plate at this terrified victim before saying, ‘I’m going to do something I regret’
“He then picked up bits of plate and threw it in her direction.”
Mr Sweeney said the victim managed to escape to her room – but when she came out was confronted by Fenn, who was growling and holding a bread knife.
The prosecutor said: “He started growling, and said, ‘I will put it in you’ jabbing the knife towards her.”
He said the victim fled the house but Fenn continued his tirade when she returned later that evening and he told her: “I’m going to do something I will regret.”
The terrified victim ran into her room and bolted the door shut before calling police.
She said the ordeal has left her “scared and on edge” and has since moved out of Canterbury to another part of the country.
The court heard Fenn is a “highly anxious person” and a probation officer said “he denied throwing the plate, brandishing a knife or shouting or screaming”.
Martyn Hewett, defending, said Fenn had mental health problems and was actually talking about self-harming when he said: “I’m going to do something I will regret”.
Sentencing, District Judge Baron said: “Taking into account your mental health, the fact you have no previous convictions and have never been into trouble before, I am not going to send you to prison today.”
Fenn avoided jail after being found guilty of common assault this week
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