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Father of killed Adam Fanelli admits affray at Luton court

A father who threatened police officers with a kitchen knife because he did not think enough was being done to catch his son's killer has been sentenced.

Adam Fanelli's son, also called Adam, was found dead at Nash Park travellers' site in Buckinghamshire on 17 March.

He confronted police in Dunstable after hearing they were in the area looking for suspects, Luton Crown Court heard.

Fanelli, 49, from Houghton Regis, admitted affray and was given a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months.

'Exceptional case'

Judge Michael Kay QC told Fanelli: "You were in a highly emotional and excitable state. Nobody would be surprised at that.

"In different circumstances there would be an immediate jail sentence for anyone threatening the police going about their duties, but this is an exceptional case."

The court heard that four days after his 31-year-old son's body was found, he had gone to Sandland Close in Dunstable.

Edward Lewis, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was in the area in a state of high emotion."

Two officers tried to calm him down, but Fanelli, of Chelsea Gardens, went back to his car and pulled out a "very large kitchen knife".

An officer armed with Taser arrived and approached Fanelli who had put the knife to his own throat.

When he made a threat to cut himself, the Taser was fired and he dropped the knife, and was then arrested, the court was told.

Dan Hart, defending, said: "His son had died days earlier and he was struggling to come to terms with his loss."

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