AN Exeter man who was evicted from his home by the council walked into the civic centre to hand over a note threatening to stab and kill a member of staff.
Kieron Gryphon, 35, of Magadalen Street, gave the letter to a receptionist at about 4pm on Tuesday, August 20.
On a scrap piece of paper and signed off with his name, he had written: "I am going to stab a council worker to death."
After police were called he admitted the offence and at Exeter Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty.
Prosecuting, Karen Ball, said: "The member of staff who received the letter was not overly alarmed and described his demeanour as polite when he handed it in.
"But the note was passed to another member of staff who called the police.
"The defendant confirmed it was him.
"In interview he described it as a thank you note as he had received an eviction letter from the council. His belongings had been thrown out without knowing where he was.
"He wanted staff at the civic centre to know how upset he was. He wanted to get arrested to get the help he wants, which is to be put in a psychiatric hospital.
"He had been evicted from accommodation by the local authority and had left it some time ago. And while in hospital he was found new accommodation, which was just a room with an empty chest of drawers. He does not know where his property is. He is 35 and his lifetime of possessions have gone, which he was really angry and upset about."
Mitigating, Peter Woodley said: "He was told by someone else sharing his accommodation if he commits an offence he would be sent to hospital. So he did something in a bid to get himself sectioned. That shows how frightened and angry he was.
"He had no plans to carry out the threat in the letter. "
Granting him a three-month conditional discharge, magistrates told him: "We can understand why you sent the letter but it was the wrong way of going about it. What you wrote could have really frightened someone. But we accept you had no intention of carrying out what was in the letter. We are not going to punish you providing you stay out of trouble for the next three months."