1. ITV Report

Dad who waved knife outside school is jailed

Jonathon Rowlands from Bangor. Credit: North Wales Police

A 28-year-old man who waved a knife during a rumpus outside a Bangor school has been jailed for 15 months.

Jonathon Rowlands of Lon Ogwen, Bangor pleaded guilty to having a knife outside Ysgol Tryfan during a row with another man last March.

Caernarfon Crown Court was told that the deputy head and a number of sixth formers could see what was going on.

The other man involved, Stephen Williams ended on the floor and the defendant’s mother tried to usher her son into a nearby house but then Rowlands emerged with a large kitchen knife. He waved it at Mr Williams but then went back inside.

Mr Williams had subsequently been fined for a public order offence.

The court heard Rowlands was a sole carer for two children and it his defence suggested a suspended sentence.

But the judge said the sentence could not be suspended because of the public interest in discouraging people “from resorting to the use of knives, threatening or whatever.”