Man threw knives during drug rage in Leeds street

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A man hurled knives into the street from his attic window during a drug-induced stupor after he spent six days taking drugs.


Leeds Crown Court heard police feared they were encountering a siege when they were called to Ryan McGurgen’s home on Belvedere Mount, Beeston, in early hours of July 16 this year.

Residents in the street contacted police after they heard McGurgen smash a window before throwing objects onto the street below.

McGurgen, 30, threw two large kitchen knives, five steak knives and an a fire extinguisher from the property. Two cars parked in the street were damaged. Around £950 worth of damage was caused in total. Officers forced their way in the property and found McGurgen hiding in a toilet.

He was taken into custody but was not fit to be interviewed about the incident until 24 hours later. McGurgen had been suffering from paranoia and was hearing voices after spending six days taking drugs. He pleaded guilty to affray and three offences of criminal damage. He has previous convictions which are linked to him abusing heroin, ecstasy, amphetamine and cannabis.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said McGurgen had little recollection of the incident but had felt frightened and worried.

Mr Parkin said McGurgen had served previous sentences in custody but would benefit from treatment to address his drug addiction.

Judge Penelope Belcher told McGurgen: “This had the potential to cause injury to anyone who may be passing. This was plainly a very unpleasant incident, albeit nobody was hurt.”

McGurgen was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to take part in a drug rehabilitation requirement for nine months.