A MAN has been jailed after he threatened a pub landlord with a knuckleduster.

Connor Goodwin, 22, of Thorn Bank in Bacup, was handed a 23 week prison sentence for using threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon.

Goodwin was given a further eight week jail term for breaching a bail order.

He has pleaded guilty to both offences.

The incident occurred in the Rostron Arms in Market Place, Edenfield, on June 3, 2016.

Burnley crown court heard how Goodwin had ‘threatened to smash landlord David Swarbrick’s face in’ after he asked him to leave the pub due to his behaviour.

Prosecutor Claire Larton, said: “Mr Swarbrick asked Goodwin to leave the pub.

“ But Goodwin then started to shout abuse and threatened to smash his face in.

“A customer came to Mr Swarbrick’s assistance and encouraged Goodwin to leave.

“But Goodwin then produced a knuckleduster the width of his hand which had spikes on it.

“He went to throw a punch at Mr Swarbrick, who fortunately stepped back and avoided it.

“ Police were called and attended and part of the knuckleduster was found dropped close to a plant pot.

“The remainder of it was found broken in Goodwin’s pocket.”

Defending Goodwin, Anna Chestnutt said: “Goodwin was ashamed of himself and had been under the influence of alcohol, which he admitted was no excuse.

“He has given alcohol up for good and is quite clearly learning from his mistakes.

“He cannot explain how the knuckleduster came into his possession but said he did not have it with him when he left the house, but accepts it had got into his possession.”

Sentencing Goodwin to 31 weeks in prison in total, Judge Mark Willems said: “Bereavement is not a reason to find yourself with an offensive weapon and this is a serious offence.

“For this, I impose a 23 week sentence and a further eight weeks for the breach of bail, which in total is a 31-week sentence, the minimum amount in the circumstances.