Doncaster knifeman held baby hostage


A drug-crazed Doncaster dad who held his own baby hostage for an hour while armed with a knife has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

John David Wilson was under the influence of cocaine when he attacked and threatened his former partner in a terrifying assault in her own home – after he suspected her of having a sexual relationship with another man.

Wilson, aged 28, had been in an on-off relationship with the mother of the four-month-old baby for many years when he turned up at their home in Brooke Street, Wheatley, last February.

Doncaster Crown Court heard he smelled of alcohol and had white powder around his nostrils.

David Wain, prosecuting, said the woman asked him to leave but Wilson refused.

Instead he started rifling through her belongings, saying he was looking for evidence of her having another relationship.

While she was holding the baby in her arms Wilson punched her in the face, causing her to drop the child who fortunately landed on a sofa.

Wilson hit her several more times and dragged her to the kitchen by her hair before holding a knife to her throat.

He demanded to know ‘who she was sleeping with’ – then forced a tea towel into her mouth.

“She thought she was going to have her throat slit and would die,” said Mr Wain.

When police arrived at the house Wilson ran upstairs with his son and the knife, blocked the door and refused to open it until his ex told him her new lover’s name.

“This continued for an hour until he finally relented and surrendered with the child unharmed,” said Mr Wain.

Wilson admitted offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of cocaine.

His previous record included an assault on another woman and another against his ex-partner, who told police: “I don’t want him around us ever again.”

Edward Moss, mitigating, said: “He does now show genuine remorse. He accepts this relationship has finally come to an end. He understands the pain and suffering he caused.”