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Knife-wielding, drink driving, tasered father-of-four sentenced

A 29 year old Cirencester man who brandished a knife during a street confrontation and then got his car stuck as he drunkenly tried to flee the police - was jailed for ten months today, 9 August.

Benjamin Wyman, of Apsley Road, Cirencester, was so belligerent when police tried to arrest him that he had to be tasered, Gloucester crown court was told.

As well as the prison term, he was banned from driving for 17 months at Gloucester crown court pleaded guilty this morning when he appeared at Gloucester crown court.

Wyman admitted possessing a bladed article in public, driving dangerously, having no insurance, and failing to provide a breath specimen.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said it all happened on 6th May this year in Prospect Place, Cirencester, at about 8.15pm.

Police received reports that a man was threatening four other men with a knife, she said. The disturbance led to one resident filming the confrontation from his bedroom window, using his iPad. The footage was played to the court and showed the defendant holding a large kitchen knife up to one of the men.

Mrs Wood said when police arrived on the scene Wyman drove away in a Renault Scenic - mounting a pavement to avoid the police cars. But he then got his car stuck between a lamp post and a parked Mazda car which was badly damaged.

When Wyman got out of the car he refused to comply with police instructions and was tasered, said Mrs Wood. He later refused to answer questions when in custody.

The court heard Wyman has made fifteen previous court appearances for 29 offences including assault, battery, affray, threatening behaviour and disorderly conduct.

Sarah Jenkins, defending, said the incident was sparked off by Wyman's stepson telling him he had been kidnapped and assaulted.

Instead of calling the police Wyman went out, armed with the knife, to confront the people who were allegedly responsible, Mrs Jenkins said.

"In hindsight, of course, he wishes he had done things differently," added the solicitor. "He acted impulsively, not thinking properly. He had been drinking alcohol and that exacerbated the situation. It was one bad decision after another."

Mrs Jenkins said Wyman has four stepchildren and feels fiercely loyal towards them.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Cullum told Wyman he had not had any criminal convictions since 2011 and he had appeared to have settled down and changed his lifestyle till this incident.

But he said the court could not overlook an offence which could have resulted in someone being badly injured or killed by the knife and there had to be an immediate jail term.

As Wyman was taken down to to the cells he looked up at the public gallery and said "I love you babe."

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