Leeds sex offender in nail gun rampage

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A sex offender fired a nail gun at people outside his home during a drunken rampage as he feared he was about to be assaulted for being a pervert.

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A court heard Daniel Wood turned violent towards his neighbours after being asked to turn loud music down at his home in Leeds.

Wood, 39, had spent the evening drinking with a friend outside his flat on Strathmore Street, Harehills, on July 22 this year when a couple, who had their baby in a pram, challenged him about the noise.

Felicity Hemlin, prosecuting, said Wood picked up a glass and made threats before going into the flat and returning with a nail gun. Wood fired the nail gun and the couple fled with the child. One of the nails narrowly missed the pram. He then fired at another resident in the street and a nail struck him in the chest. Wood then fetched a knife from his home and tried to attack people in the street.

One witness said: “He was running at people with the knife like a proper loony. He was just screaming at people.” Police arrested Wood and he assaulted an officer when he was taken to Elland Road police station.

Wood pleaded guilty to affray, two offences of possession of an offensive weapon and two of common assault. Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Wood had previously been threatened by people in the street after discovering he was a sex offender and he feared he was about to be attacked.

Wood was given an 18 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and told to do 180 hours unpaid work.

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