A KNIFEMAN who terrified shoppers in a Barnstaple arcade has been ordered to receive another six months supervision after he missed appointments with probation officers.
Luke Lilley, 24, spent a day in custody after failing to appear at Exeter Crown Court for breach of a community order and being arrested on warrant.
He was released after Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him his night in Exeter Prison was sufficient punishment for his failing to attend the earlier hearing.
Lilley escaped jail with a suspended sentence last year after he armed himself with a knife and pool cue in a row over abusive Facebook messages.
Part of his sentence involved supervision by probation officers but he broke the conditions by failing to attend appointments in June and July and becoming angry when he attended the probation office in Barnstaple.
Lilley, now of Heppenstall Road, Barnstaple, admitted breaching his community order and was ordered to receive a further six months supervision.
The judge told him: "The probation service want to extend your supervision, so I am going to treat the fact that you have spent 24 hours in custody as your punishment for this breach.
“The probation report says you have a difficulty with going back to alcohol and you must take part in any programmes they require you to attend. You must do so or the next time we meet I shall not be so lenient.”
Lilley told the judge he had missed appointments because he was under the impression his period of supervision had expired and he was no longer obliged to go to them.
He was made subject to a suspended sentence a year ago after the same judge heard how he armed himself with a knife and cue after posting abusive messages on other people’s Facebook pages.
He believed he was going to be attacked and took the weapons when he went to meet the victims of his trolling in the Barum Arcade in the centre of Barnstaple.
Lilley admitted having a bladed article and an offensive weapon and was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years at Exeter Crown Court in August last year.
He was also ordered him to attend a Thinking Skills course as part of a 12 month supervision order.
At the time of the original case the court heard from prosecutor Mr David Bowen who said Lilley was living next to the Barum Arcade and came out of his flat armed with the weapons.
He later told police he had posted comments on a girl’s Facebook page which had upset her and he feared her brother and four other men were about to visit him to confront him.