Paignton knifeman with appalling record jailed after attacking police officer
A man who lunged at a police officer with a knife has been jailed for two years.
Dale Hobbis, 44, was seized by other officers who grabbed him as he dived towards Pc Anthony Moorhouse with the knife hidden in his hand.
The officer was left shaken when he realised how close the knife had been to his throat, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Hobbis, of Falcon Park, Paignton, admitted affray and was jailed for two years and two months by Recorder Mr Brian Lett, QC.
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Sentencing Hobbis, he said: "The facts of this affray are disturbing because in your distressed and angry state you picked up a knife and used it to threaten a police officer, putting it towards his throat.
"Things could have become far worse and you could be facing much more serious charges. Your record is appalling and gives grave cause for concern."
Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said police were called to a house in Paignton where Hobbis was being aggressive and abusive and refusing to leave. He threatened officers that he would knife them and they called for reinforcements, one of who swore at him as he ordered him to move away from the woman who had called them.
Hobbis then moved towards PC Moorhouse's neck holding a six-inch knife and was grabbed by the other officers who wrestled it from him in during a violent struggle.
Paul Dentith, defending, said Hobbis was in the middle of a drugs rehabilitation programme at the time and was upset because of problems with his medication.
Mr Dentith said: "He says that to be sworn at by the police aggravated him."