December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A drug addict who was involved in a 2-hour armed siege with police in Great Yarmouth after he threatened to kill another man, has been jailed for 30 months.
Glenn Miller, 40, was seen by a crowd of people and police putting a kitchen knife to a man’s throat and repeatedly threatening to kill him.
Police were forced to break into the first floor flat in Dickens Court after Miller shouted that he had already stabbed the hostage twice and there was blood on the floor.
A crowd of people had gathered at the flats and watched as the siege unfolded on the night of July 23 last year.
Miller appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, after earlier pleading guilty to threats to kill and assaulting his partner occasioning actual bodily harm, on July 16 last year.
In sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Coleman said: “This must have been terrifying for those observing, not just the police but the crowd that had gathered. And it went on for almost two hours.”
The court heard that Miller and his partner had been in a relationship that had been plagued by domestic violence. In July 16 last year she told Miller that she wanted to leave, and he had tried to strangle her, pushing his fingers into her eyes. She suffered bruising to the chest and neck and impairment to her vision.
Seven days later police were again called to the home the couple shared in Ordnance Road, Yarmouth. Miller fled to a friend’s flat in Dickens Court, where police found him.
Prosecutor, William Carter said: “Miller appeared at the kitchen window of the flat. He picked up a large kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade. He placed it under another man’s throat, shouting to police below, ‘I’ll kill him, if you come in’. He then appeared at the window again, and said, ‘I’m going to stab him, then kill myself, if you come in’.
“Firearms officers arrived and at about 11.30pm, when police asked him how the victim was, Miller said he had stabbed him twice and there was blood on the floor.
“This prompted firearms teams to force their way into the flat. Miller had been repeatedly making threats to police officers for nearly two hours, and a crowd had gathered.”
In interview, the victim turned out to be a friend of Miller’s, who had not been injured and had originally agreed to be a fake hostage, but had become genuinely frightened when the knife was produced.
Andrew Cohen, for Miller, said: “He was in a relationship where violence went both ways. As per the threats to kill, while clearly there was a high level of drama, the victim was a friend, who was a willing participant.
“In my submission, there was no chance that Miller would have harmed him. My client is also concerned about his mother, who is also in court today, who has become very frail.”
Miller, who has a long criminal record dating back 20 years, was also handed an indefinite restraining order not to contact his ex-partner.