A MAN caught with a knife for a second time has been jailed for ten months.

Cameron Haley called the police himself saying he had been self harming all night because he had not been allowed to see his son.

Officers eventually found him drunk outside a kebab shop in Barrack Street, Colchester, where he was bleeding from the left forearm.

A five inch kitchen knife was taken from him and he was treated at hospital.

The incident in May was less than six months after the 24-year-old was given a four month suspended sentence for dialling 999 and threatening to shoot and stab police officers who came near him.

He has ten previous convictions which also include being caught with another knife.

Haley, of St Peter’s Road, West Mersea, admitted possession of a bladed article and breaching a suspended sentence order.

Steven Levy, mitigating at Chelmsford Crown Court, said Healy’s emotionally unstable personality disorder meant the sentence should be suspended.

“I would seek to persuade your honour this is a case where the court does not have to hand out the statutory minimum sentence,” he said.

“He requires help and professional intervention.

“All of his problems stem from him drinking alcohol, self harming and calling the police.”

Judge Timothy Walker disagreed and jailed Healey for a total of ten months - six for having a knife for a second time and four for breaching his suspended sentence.

He said: “This comes barely a quarter into your suspended sentence.

“You have issues in your personal life which I take into account but I must impose an immediate custodial sentence.

“Your record with compliance has been mixed.”

The knife will be destroyed.