Pensioner pulls knife on partner: court case

Burnley Magistrates' Court.
Burnley Magistrates' Court.
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A pensioner who pulled a knife on his partner and terrified her after a New Year drinking session is awaiting sentence.

Alan Willis (68) and Irene Sparks, who had been in a three year relationship, had rowed over his ex-wife when they had been out on the town.

When she returned to their Burnley home, followed later by Willis, he lost his temper, pushed her to the floor, thrust the blade at her and told her he wanted to kill her, Pennine Magistrates’ Court heard.

Mrs Sparks said the defendant had told her she looked like a “hooker” in the outfit she had been wearing for the night out, which he had bought her for Christmas.

Willis had earlier admitted assault by beating over the January 1st trouble, but claimed he never had a knife.

A trial over the facts was held in front of District Judge James Clarke, in which both parties gave evidence – and declared their love for each other and said they wanted to get married.

The district judge found the defendant did produce the knife and threatened the victim.

Willis, of Underley Street, Burnley, was bailed until April 8th for a pre- sentence report.

The hearing was told Mrs Sparks had made a retraction statement after her complaint to the police and did not want to give evidence against Willis.

Giving evidence, Willis said he was sick of Mrs Sparks going on about his ex-wife.

Asked by his solicitor Daniel Frazer if it was true he had made a comment about Mrs Sparks’ outfit the defendant replied: “It was a lovely dress. I bought it.”