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Liam Goodwin’s father was so concerned about his son’s agitated and drunken state when he left his home in the early hours of December 22 that he called the police.
The man believed Goodwin had taken a kitchen knife with him, after he said he was ‘going to do in his ex-partner’ after arguing with her on the phone, prosecutor Louise Pryke told the court. Leeds Crown.
Goodwin, 21, was found on Cemetery Road in Normanton shortly afterwards.
The officers were so concerned about his mental state that they detained him. After searching his jacket, they found a wire pin, a metal tool for laying bricks, in his zippered pocket. They didn’t find a knife.
He admitted to being charged with possession of a stabbing or sharpened weapon, but the Crown admitted he did not know it was in his pocket and that he had left it there after working a few days earlier .
A probation report was read in court which found that Goodwin was currently unemployed, but drank up to 10 cans or pints of lager a day. He was even hospitalized after heavy drinking.
Goodwin, of Eastbourne Terrace, Pontefract, was told by the judge, Recorder Catherine Silverton, that he “clearly had a drinking problem”.
She gave him an 18-month community prescription, along with a six-month alcohol treatment program.
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