A REDDITTCH man who brandished a knife during a drunken argument in the street, threatening to kill his partner in 20 seconds and then beginning to count down, has been jailed.
Parmjit Thami had originally denied charges of assault by beating, threatening with a bladed article in a public place and making threats to kill.
But the former soldier, who Warwick Crown Court heard had been injured in active service, changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial last month.
And following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report, Thami , 41, of Mount Pleasant, Redditch, was jailed for two years and three months.
Prosecutor Paul Mytton said the incident took place in September last year while Thami and Kelly Crowe, with whom he had been in a relationship, were living at an address in Harefield Road, Coventry.
But Miss Crowe, who is in her mid-20s, said there were problems because of Thami’s drinking, and she was planning to leave.
Thami admitted pushing her, and things then moved out into the street, with a friend of theirs trying to calm things down.
Outside, he began brandishing a large knife he had picked up from the kitchen, telling a passerby: “I’m going to kill her. I’ll cut her up.”
He then added: “She’s going to be murdered in 20 seconds.” And then began to count down from 20.
The incident was also witnessed by a group of students who recorded it on their mobile phones.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said that, based on the length of the recordings, ‘it lasted for at least five minutes, a drunken man in the roadway with a knife, making threats to kill.’
Thami, who had previous convictions for producing drugs and driving with excess alcohol, was arrested at the scene.
He accepted there had been an argument but denied assaulting Miss Crowe or making threats, said Mr Mytton.
Thami, who denied punching or kicking her, although he did accept pushing her, said he had foolishly picking up a knifeand he accepted making threats ‘in the heat of the moment,’ but would not have carried them out.
Harbinder Lally, defending, conceded: “He should have pleaded guilty from the outset, and his best mitigating feature must be his guilty plea, albeit late.”