A MAN who walked down a Barry street smashing car windows in a drink and drug fuelled rage before threatening police officers with a knife has been jailed.
A police officer who dealt with the incident said he had “never felt such fear” when confronting the knife-wielding man on Friday, January 13.
Bradie Mark Shkensberg, 25, of Dorothy Close, Barry, appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday, February 13 and admitted 12 charges including possession of offensive weapons, threatening violence and eight counts of criminal damage.
Shkensberg had been drinking alcohol and had taken cocaine, amphetamine and MDMA on the night in question and was seen walking down Elizabeth Avenue smashing car windows with a golf club.
When police officers PC Burr and PC Thomas attended the scene Shkensberg began waving the golf club in an "aggressive manner", the court heard.
He then ran at them with a knife.
Prosecuting, John Warren said: "When he saw them he pulled out a large kitchen knife.
"He was asked to drop it but he did not and adopted an aggressive posture.
"The officers were five yards away from him and he discarded the golf club and ran down the street brandishing the knife above his head.
"PC Jenkins struck him on the back and on the thigh and the defendant dropped the knife."
The knife was recovered as was a weighted bolt with nuts which the court was told was designed to make the impact of a punch harder.
A statement from PC Thomas said: "I have never felt such fear for my safety."
PC Burr's statement said that he was also "afraid and shook up" by the incident.
The court heard how Shkensberg, who has has 27 previous convictions for 11 offences including aggravated burglary and common assault, had lost his grandmother on Christmas Day - something he found difficult to cope with.
In interview, Shkensberg said he "lost control" and did not know what was was doing to do.
Kevin Seal, defending, said: "He needs stability in his life. He was very close to his grandmother who supported him.
"She died in December 2016 and this put him in a bad place. He consumed alcohol and drugs to block out the feelings that he had."
In sentencing, Recorder Catherine Brown said the incident must have been "extremely terrifying for the officers and members of the public."
She told Shkensberg: "You are not a teenager you are an adult so you should behave like one.
"I am quite satisfied that you committed these offences having consumed alcohol and drugs. This was very distressing for the owners of the cars and caused them extreme inconvenience.
"The damage came to hundreds of pounds.
"You suffered a bereavement and I understand you committed these offences on the day of your grandmother's funeral.
"It is tragic when you lose a family member but you can't take your frustration out on other members of society."
She sentenced him to a total of 12 months in jail. He was also ordered to pay a £140 surcharge.