An aggressive dwarf has been spared jail after he threatened to slash police officers with a blade.
Newcastle Magistrates' Court court heard Lee Kildare was spotted drunk and holding a bladed multi-tool on a cycle path by a man on his way to work, who at first thought the 27-year-old, who stands at 3ft 11inches tall, was a child.
Kildare became aggressive when police approached him and threatened to 'slash the officers' faces'.
He was found guilty of possession of a bladed article and being drunk and disorderly.
Cyclist Gary Nun saw Kildare, of Southern Road, Walker, with the knife on Hadrian Way, Newcastle, as he cycled to work at 6.45am on June 25.
One police officer managed to grab the tool, which had a blade which was more than 3inches long, but Kildare continued to shout and swear.
Magistrates handed him a 12-month community order with 12 months supervision, and also ordered him to pay £50 court costs for being drunk and disorderly.
He was also fined £35 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 for being drunk at his family home.
In June 2010, Kildare was appeared in court after he was seen walking down a street in Walker, Newcastle, gripping a baseball bat.
When officers arrived, Kildare threatened to 'smash the officers' face in.'
He was handed at 12 month community order for that offence.
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