A FORMER soldier who brandished a knife and threatened to kill his partner during a drunken argument in a Coventry street has been jailed.
Parmjit Thami, of Harefield Road, had originally denied charges of assault by beating, threatening with a bladed article in a public place and making threats to kill last September.
But the former soldier, who Warwick Crown Court heard had been injured in active service, changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial last month and the 41-year-old was jailed for two years and three months.
Thami became angered when he found out that his partner, Kelly Crowe, had planned to end their five-month relationship and was planning to walk out.
An incident broke out between them in the house they both lived at in Harefield Road, during which Thami admits pushing her, and things then moved out into the street.
The 41-year-old, who has drink problems and previous convictions of producing drugs and drink driving, then began brandishing a large knife he had picked up from the kitchen and angrily shouted at a man walking past: “What the f*** are you looking at?”
He then brandished the knife towards Miss Crowe, who was in her mid-20s, as he told the passer-by: “I’m going to kill her. I’ll f***ing slash her. I’ll cut her up.”
Thami frighteningly added: “She’s going to be murdered in 20 seconds.” And he then began to count down from 20.
The incident was also witnessed by a group of students who recorded what was happening on their mobile phones from the window of their accommodation.
Thami was arrested at the scene and accepted there had been an argument in the street, but denied assaulting her or making threats.
He claimed that he and Miss Crowe had been drinking for two days, and an argument had broken out over her ex-boyfriend.
Thami, who denied punching or kicking her, although he did accept pushing her, said he had foolishly picking up a knife before following her out, and he accepted making threats ‘in the heat of the moment,’ but would not have carried them out.
Harbinder Lally, defending Thami, said: “If he had wanted to carry out those threats, he could have done so. He never had any intention of doing anything. But it was an ugly and frightening thing to see, and only he knew he wasn’t going to do anything.”
Jailing Thami, now of Mount Pleasant, Redditch, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “Drink had become a part of your life at that stage.
“Something had happened in the course of the previous two days, and it descended into serious arguments between you. You became angry and picked up a knife.
“You were waving that knife around in a violent incident in the street across the course of several minutes.
“You did not calm down, and said to the police ‘She had better watch out, I’ll f*** her up.’
“You say you would not have carried out those threats. But this was the carriage of a very large knife out into the street. There was a risk of serious injury or death.”