'I will see you soon': Halton Moor axeman smashed living room windows then climbed into house holding weapon bought from B&Q during vendetta

A man smashed through the living room windows of a house in Leeds before climbing into the property as he pursued a vendetta against his rival.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 11:45 am

The victim fled in terror as McKenzie Chadwick smashed his way into the house in Halton Moor with an axe he had bought moments earlier from a B&Q store.

Chadwick was locked up for six years after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and possessing an offensive weapon.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on October 7 last year at a house on Esthwaite Gardens.

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McKenzie Chadwick was jailed for six years.
McKenzie Chadwick was jailed for six years.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said Chadwick had been involved in a dispute with the brother of the women who owned the property.

The siblings were living together at the house at the time of the incident.

In June last year a threatening letter addressed to the brother was posted through the letterbox in the middle of the night.

The letter ended: "I will see you soon."

On the day of the incident, Chadwick was caught on camera buying an axe from the B&Q store in Killingbeck.

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He smashed three living room windows before climbing to the house.

Footage also showed the victim running out of the back door.

Chadwick went into the back yard and raised the weapon at a dog but did not strike the animal.

The homeowner returned home to find the damage after being contacted by her brother.

She immediately recognised Chadwick from the footage as she remembered him from school.

Chadwick, 21, of Oak Tree Crescent, Gipton, was arrested three weeks later.

"He said he had mental health problems and would quite easily kill someone if he could.

"He said he would do it by strangling them and chopping them up."

The defendant said he would "get revenge" on the person who reported him to police.

The prosecutor continued: "He said there was a history with the man at the house and he had done something and there would be consequences.

"He said he was not sorry."

A pre-sentence report stated that Chadwick recognised he has a problem controlling his anger and sometimes felt lonely and isolated.

Rachel Smith, mitigating, said Chadwick pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Sentencing, Judge Neil Clark said: "You appear to have reflected upon what you have done.

"You know you have got control issues."