A man has been jailed for 21 months after he wounded another man with a samurai sword when asked to leave a flat.
Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday Raymond Forrester told Stuart Brisbane that no-one messed with him, and then swung the sword at him twice.
Aisha Wadoodi prosecuting said Mr Brisbane managed to pushed Forrester away and flee but not before he had suffered a three-inch cut in his neck – which required six sutures – and a cut to his lip. He also had to have a tetanus injection.
Forrester, 33, of Haslewood Green, Burmantofts, Leeds, admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Brisbane and having a bladed article.
Jailing him Judge Rodney Jameson QC said the crown had accepted Forrester did not intend to cause serious injury “but inflicting injuries in that way, injuries to the neck could have had very serious consequences, had you split a vital artery it would have been manslaughter”.
Miss Wadoodi said Mr Brisbane had met Forrester when he went to a local shop on December 29 last year.
Forrester had the samurai sword with him and allegedly showed it to Mr Brisbane as they walked along together.
When they got to Appleton Close, Mr Brisbane did not really want to invite Forrester in but allowed him into his home because he did not want any trouble.
The court heard all went well for about an hour until Mr Brisbane asked Forrester to leave with the excuse he was meeting friends but it was then he was attacked.
Forrester was not arrested until February when he denied responsibility or having a sword alleging the complainant was a self-harmer.
No sword was found when his home was searched.
John Batchelor, for Forrester, said he did now accept having a weapon but it was not what was considered a samurai sword but something much shorter since he said he had put it in his pocket.
“But for alcohol it is quite clear this would not have happened,” he said.