Armed police called after man threatened girlfriend with samurai sword

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

ARMED police had to be called after a man threatened his girlfriend and police with a samurai sword during a New Year’s Eve disturbance at his home.

A court heard Andrew Wishart took out the weapon and used it to terrify his partner after a binge drinking session.

Leeds Crown Court heard Wishart drank two bottles of wine on the afternoon of December 31 at the home he shared with the victim.

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Philip Adams, prosecuting, said the woman asked him not to drink anymore alcohol but then went to bed when Wishart started drinking a third bottle.

Wishart went to bed later that night and his partner got up and went downstairs.

Mr Adams said Wishart began “having a conversion with himself” before going downstairs and taking the samurai sword off a wall mounting and removing it from its sheath.

The prosecutor said: “She was terrified and tried to get out of the house through the front door.

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Wishart used the sword to stop her opening the door then forced her back into the property.

The point of the blade went through her jacket and caused a cut to her arm.

Wishart then took out two knives and pressed them to the top of her head.

The woman managed to run a bedroom and used her mobile phone to contact police.

She then ran downstairs and climbed out of a kitchen window.

Two officers arrived at the house in Ossett, Wakefield,

Firearms officers were called after Wisheart continued to point the weapon.

He was eventually arrested without a struggle.

Wishart, of Holme Way, Ossett, pleaded guilty to affray.

Mr Adams said the woman had provided a victim statement describing how she did not want Wishart to go to prison as he needed help to control his drinking.

He was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was ordered to take part in a programme designed to address his drinking and offending behaviour.

Recorder Rachim Singh said: “What you did on that day was wholly unforgivable to someone who clearly feels a lot about you.

“She simply wants you to get some help.

“You have got her to thank more than anybody else for not going to prison immediately.”

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