RESIDENTS called the police when they saw two men threatening each other in the street – one with a knife and the other with a spade.
Police found Scott Alan Williams, drunk, and he told police they were cousins and were always fighting when drunk.
He admitted he had a knife and said he had thrown it at his cousin.
Co-defendant Gareth Ingman was arrested at his home, and admitted he had a spade with him in the street.
Both weapons were recovered by officers.
Williams, 20, of Heol Cadfan in Coedpoeth, and Ingman, 21, of Heol Celyn in Coedpoeth, admitted a public order offence and possessing an offensive weapon.
Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said the defendants, especially Williams who had a knife, had escaped custody by the skin of their teeth.
“Brandish a knife again, for whatever reason, and you can expect to go into custody for a considerable period of time,” the judge warned him.
The court heard they were both drunk, they argued, and threatened each other with the weapons, although they were not used.
Williams received a 12-month sentence of youth custody, suspended for two years, and placed on supervision.
He must follow an offender substance course run by the probation service and remain indoors at night between 7pm and 7am for the next four months.
He must also undertake 150 hours unpaid work.
Ingman received a 44-week sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours unpaid work and he must follow an alcohol programme.
Andrew Green, for Williams, said his client was becoming an alcoholic who realised he had to change his ways.
Mark Connor, for Ingman, said his client was a binge drinker who realised, in drink, he had the capacity to behave in an irresponsible and anti-social manner.