A drunk pensioner hit his neighbour’s fence with a large knife during an argument.
Ian Loak, 70, of Burton Latimer, brandished a Gurkha kukri knife in East Avenue in the town after he became annoyed with a 22-year-old man who lived nearby.
Northampton Crown Court heard the man’s parents came out to confront Loak, who was described as “very drunk”, and he began hitting a wooden fence with the large knife.
Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said police were called and arrested Loak.
A knife was found in his pocket and a search of his home uncovered the kukri knife.
The court heard Loak had an number of previous convictions for violent offences.
Henry James, mitigating, said Loak had suffered a number of health problems before the incident, on July 21 last year, including suffering a stroke which had “changed his personality”.
Judge Tayton said anyone who took a large knife into the street could expect a custodial sentence.
Loak was sentenced to a year in custody, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.
He was also given a six-month curfew order from 7pm to 7am.
Judge Tayton said: “If you do anything like this again and despite your age, despite your ill health, you will go to prison.”