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20 months in jail for man who chased woman down Eastgate Street with a kitchen knife

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

20 months in jail for man who chased woman down Eastgate Street with a kitchen knife

Wayne Taylor

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A REPEAT offender has been sent to prison after chasing a man down a Gloucester city centre street with a knife.

Wayne Taylor, of Midland Road, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of a kitchen knife.

The 37-year-old, who appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday, was seen by group of people carrying the weapon in Eastgate Street in July last year.

He chased a woman along the road who was screaming 'My God, he's going to kill me'.

Prosecuting, Simon Goodman told the court a lady who was caring for three adults with learning difficulties then saw Taylor in Eastgate Street carrying the knife and shouting threats.

Mr Goodman said the knife was visible to the public and had a blade of around seven inches.

After that Taylor was seen running towards H20 nightclub where he had an altercation with a man outside the club and said 'You're going to have it'.

Taylor then went in and headbutted a member of staff before producing the knife, caught on CCTV camera.

It is not the first time Taylor has appeared in court. Over the past few years, he was involved in minor battery, harassment and robbery.

Defending, Claire Malvern told the judge how Taylor had been a victim of a stabbing incident which took place last year.

He was stabbed in the back, neck and shoulders. He suffered significant bleeding and at first refused to go hospital for treatment.

Ms Malvern said Taylor was working hard to turn his life around. She added: “He apologised to the member of staff, he is determined to change. He has made significant progress for someone who has been committing offences since the age of 12.”

Judge Jamie Tabor QC sentenced Taylor to 20 months in prison and he will be on license when he is released.

He said: “Looking at this from a positive view, you have made genuine efforts, you have made good progress with your drug problem. You are beginning to address your anger problems. Secondly you pleaded guilty to the indictments.

“But sadly you have got a very bad criminal record with previous convictions. There has recently been deaths and serious injury because of knife crime. I have a duty to protect the public.”

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  • jackson99  |  March 20 2014, 12:06AM

    A SPATE of alleged knife attacks in Gloucestershire during the last year has prompted a tough warning from the county's top judge. People who use knives in crime can expect long jail terms – and those who arm themselves deliberately to attack people will receive sentences up to 12 years, says Judge Jamie Tabor QC. He spoke out on a day when he and his fellow Gloucester Crown Court judge, William Hart, were dealing with three men who had used knives to rob or injure other people. His hard-hitting comments also come in the wake of the fatal stabbing of hairdresser Hollie Gazzard in Gloucester last week and the deaths of two other knifing victims in the previous ten months – Martin Stokes and Neil Bennett.

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  • jackson99  |  March 19 2014, 7:57PM

    Read recently in the paper that the court was going to crack down on knife crime. I suppose 20 months is cracking down?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 19 2014, 3:05PM

    Qwerty, you're forgetting that he "has made significant progress..." Trust the judge to echo the defence counsel. The first sentence is also incorrect, as he chased a woman down the street, not a man.

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  • QwertyOS  |  March 19 2014, 1:13PM

    Quote..``Looking at this from a positive view``..only this judge and his companion Hart, could come out with a comment like that.

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