A FATHER-OF-FOUR has been jailed for 15 months after threatening to kill a police officer.
Lloyd Turner, 41, of Wheelman Road, Crewe, pleaded guilty to the affray in which he used his hand as a pistol and threatened PC Timothy Keenan's life.
Chester Crown Court heard on Monday that Turner was 'one of the most threatening and aggressive individuals' Sgt Keith Robbins had dealt with in his 10 years as a custody sergeant at Crewe police station.
Sion Ap Mihangel, prosecuting, told the court Turner had been drinking at the LMR club on Goddard Street, in Crewe, on May 21.
At 11.10pm an altercation took place between him and one of his friends, and the police were called.
Mr Ap Mihangel said Turner immediately became abusive to the officer, hurling a stream of abuse.
'He shouted towards the bar area saying, 'I'll see you tomorrow night' and pointing.'
He was warned about his behaviour and language and eventually arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
Mr Ap Mihangel said on the way to Crewe police station he taunted PC Keenan and was seen 'foaming at the mouth'. PC Keenan restrained Turner by putting his right foot against his right cheek, the court heard. On arrival at the police station he had to be taken directly to a cell.
Mr Ap Mihangel said: 'He was unhandcuffed and immediately jumped to his feet, used his hand as a pistol, and said 'You are going to get it outside, I'm going to kill you. Come on, you and me, I'm going to kill you'.'
Turner then aggressively ripped off his T-shirt, before being restrained.
Mr Ap Mihangel argued that PC Keenan 'believed at the time the defendant had the means to carry out these threats'.
Gus Iro, defending, said the altercation in the LMR club started when one of Turner's friends accused him of having an affair with his partner.
'It resulted in an altercation which was sorted out in the end by a shaking of hands.'
Mr Iro said Turner taunted PC Keenan in the police car.
'The officer confirms once in the back of the police vehicle he used to sole of his foot to restrain the defendant. The defendant had been handcuffed with his hands behind his back.
'Because of the way the defendant was treated in the back of the police car he was quite simply enraged.'
Mr Iro said Turner has since expressed remorse about the incident and had adopted a 'more sober and more mature approach to life'.
Sentencing Turner, Judge Merfyn Hughes said: 'Those officers were only doing their duty but you decided to threaten to kill PC Keenan using your hand as a pistol.'