Man threatened to stab ex-partner's new boyfriend with hunting knife

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Luke Hutchinson appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A man has been warned he could face jail for threatening to stab his ex-partner's new boyfriend.

Luke Hutchinson appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court last Friday, expecting to be sentenced for making threats to kill, following the preparation of a report by the probation service.

But magistrates decided their sentencing powers were insufficient and committed the matter to the crown court for a later date.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said the offence took place at about 8.15pm on January 8, when Hutchinson's ex-partner attended his address to collect their children.

"He pushed past her as she stood in the doorway and headed down an alleyway towards where her partner was waiting in a car," she told the court.

Mrs Harper said Hutchinson returned to the property and emerged holding a hunting knife in a threatening manner in his left hand.

The 33-year-old, of High Road, Great Finborough, then threatened to stab his ex-partner's new boyfriend, who later told police he had been forced to quit work as a taxi driver after previously being approached and intimidated by Hutchinson since the relationship began last February.

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Mrs Harper invited magistrates to decline jurisdiction and commit sentencing to the crown court, while imposing a 12-month restraining order preventing Hutchinson from making any contact with his ex-partner or her new boyfriend.

Hutchinson, who admitted the offence at an earlier hearing on May 28 and appeared without legal representation in court, told magistrates: "I wish I could take it back, but I can't.

"I've changed my life and I'm actively trying to do better.

"I wish I could apologise to the people who've been affected by it."

Hutchinson said he was taking steps to address an alcohol problem and had recently begun a plumbing apprenticeship. 

Magistrates sent the matter for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court on July 22.

The bench released Hutchinson on bail with a condition to not contact his ex-partner or her new boyfriend.

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