A man who held a knife to his mother’s face and threatened to kill her has been locked up despite her plea for leniency.

Kyle McEwan flew into a rage when after he had a row with his mother in their Darlington home earlier this year.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he was already being investigated for two assaults he carried out in a drug-fuelled bout of violence outside a Catterick bar in October last year.

Uzma Khan, prosecuting, said the trouble started at his mother’s home when the dad-to-be reacted angrily to her pulling him up about his unacceptable behaviour.

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She added: “He picked the knife back up, pointed it towards her and threatened to slice her up. She was shocked and has a conversation with her sister, who contacts the police on her behalf.

“He comes back downstairs and threatens to kill her. The police do attend, and he is aggressive on their arrival, shouting ‘**** off, get out of this property’.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kyle McEwan. Picture: DURHAM CONSTABULARYKyle McEwan. Picture: DURHAM CONSTABULARY

The court heard how McEwan attacked two men outside the Louis bar in Catterick Garrison leaving one of the men with badly cut lip which required medical attention at hospital.

The defendant’s mother wrote a letter to the court urging the judge show her son leniency and called for him to receive the help that he needed to address his addictions and mental health problems.

McEwan, of Grosvenor Street, Darlington, pleaded guilty to common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a charge of threaten with a knife in private.

Jennifer Coxon, in mitigation, said her client had struggled with drug addiction and had recognised his own problems with cannabis dependency.

“He fully accepts the offences, and he has admitted all offences in magistrates’ court,” she said.

“He says - he is disgusted at the way he acted towards his mother, he says he has a good relationship with his mother and that relationship is continuing whilst he is in prison.

“He is remorseful for what he has done in all cases.”

Judge Paul Watson QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, sentenced the 25-year-old to a total of 14 months in prison.

“You have got a worrying record, particularly for offences of violence and public order, including an offence of unlawful wounding,” he said.

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