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Granddad aimed machete at neighbour
7:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A GRANDFATHER of three was convicted of affray after wielding a two foot machete at his neighbour in an unprovoked attack.
Terrence Jones, of Poplars Avenue, Orford, pleaded guilty to the offence at Warrington Crown Court on July 11.
The court heard how Jones had consumed 10 pints of Strongbow and six Jack Daniels on June 9, shortly before the incident took place.
Defending, Sarah Griffin said: “The evening is somewhat of a haze for the defendant as he was in an intoxicated state.
“It was the drinking and drug abuse that led him to act in this manner.”
The victim, Stephen Cooper, who lives in the opposite block of flats to Jones, was sat outside enjoying the hot weather with friends when Jones launched a verbal attack at the group.
Jones continued to shout at the friends from his flat and on one occasion was seen brandishing a machete.
Prosecuting, James Coutts said: “Mr Cooper felt that the defendant was simply showing off.”
Jones invited the victim to come up to his flat and threw down his keys to Mr Cooper.
It was during the short walk to the flat that Jones charged at Mr Cooper with the weapon in an aggressive manner.
The police were called and Jones was later arrested.
Jones, who is currently unemployed, was labelled as a ‘family man’ who cares greatly for his three grandchildren.
Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “There is no sensible explanation for what you did. It was a fierce weapon and it must have been a frightening incident.”
Jones, who has not had any convictions for violence since 1991, was sentenced to eight months in prison which was suspended for 18 months on Monday.
Jones was also ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work and an alcohol programme.
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