Woman's shock as ex-boyfriend held knife out at her in Barwell street
A woman was shocked when her ex-boyfriend confronted her in the street armed with a knife, a court heard.
Scott Weeks approached the victim as she was walking along Church Lane, Barwell, after finishing work.
The couple had recently acrimoniously split up, after a 12-month relationship.
Neil Bannister, prosecuting, said: "She later described how he made a beeline for her in the street. He said he wanted to talk, but she didn't want to engage in any conversation.
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"He got in front of her, trying to block her path. She was trying to walk around him. The defendant was getting annoyed."
He took out from his trouser pocket a kitchen knife with a five or six-inch blade.
Mr Bannister said: "She then stood still, shocked. He held the knife out towards her. She gathered herself and told him to put the knife away."
After a further exchange of words they went their separate ways, Leicester Crown Court was told.
When arrested later that day, he denied any wrongdoing.
The knife was recovered from his home and the victim identified it as the one he had earlier shown her in the street, said Mr Bannister.
Weeks (22), of Highfield Street, Earl Shilton, was jailed for nine months.
He pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place on October 5.
A five-year restraining order was imposed banning him from having any contract with the victim.
Sentencing, Recorder Derek Sweeting QC said: "I assume in your favour that you never had any intention of using it.
"It was extremely intimidating and frightening for her."
James Varley, mitigating, said: "It happened after an emotional and acrimonious breakdown of their relationship. He's been on remand in custody for 113 days."