A 60-YEAR-old man who was making threats with a kitchen knife while drunk has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Victor Jeffries, previously of Lovely Lane, had to be subdued with CS Spray by police on April 16, when he started making threats at the Bewsey address.

He appeared via videolink from prison for the Liverpool Crown Court hearing on Friday.

Mark Phillips, prosecuting the case, said Jeffries had been a resident at the site in Lovely Lane, acting as a half-way house for people just released from prison or recovering from drug or alcohol misuse.

On April 16, Jeffries had been told to leave due to his behaviour, but came back to the site in a drunken state.

The court heard how, when talking to the manager, Jeffries pulled out a four to five-inch kitchen knife and started making threats.

Police were called to the scene and used CS Spray to incapacitate Jeffries.

During interview, Jeffries admitted he had been drunk but said he had no intention of causing anyone any harm.

Michael Davies, defending Jeffries, said his client pleaded guilty at the first opportunity in Warrington Magistrates' Court on April 17.

Mr Davies accepted that Jeffries is a long-term alcoholic.

As he is in prison during the coronavirus crisis, Jeffries is also fearful for his health.

Judge David Swinnerton, sentencing from Liverpool Crown Court, described Jeffries' record as 'appalling', with offending dating back to 1978.

He also stressed that the situation was heightened due to vulnerable people from 101 Lovely Lane being present at the time.

Passing sentence, Judge Swinnerton reminded Jeffries that as he is recalled in prison until December 2021, the 12-month sentence would not affect his release date.