A MAN who pulled out a bread knife following a drunken altercation with friends and threatened to stab another male has been handed a community order.

Daniel Colin Hayes, 20, admitted a charge of possessing a knife or bladed article in a public place in relation to an incident in Fortuneswell, Portland on December 23 last year.

At his sentencing hearing at Dorchester Crown Court, prosecutor Heather Shimmen said that Hayes had been drinking with friends and playing a game that had got out of hand.

He was later seen in the doorway of the property holding a bread knife taken from his then partner’s address nearby and threatened to stab one of the other males.

Miss Shimmen said Hayes, of St Paul’s Road, Portland, was eventually restrained in the street by the other males and a passer-by.

Judge Roger Jarvis warned Hayes that he had come ‘very close’ to an immediate custodial sentence but instead he imposed a one-year community order with a six month curfew requirement and a requirement for him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.