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Braithwaite man to be sentenced for samurai sword offence
9:00am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A man waving a samurai sword and threatening to “rip people’s heads off” caused four police armed response units to be dispatched to his home, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Edward Claughan, 21, was caught on CCTV brandishing the weapon in his garden in Westbank Close, Braithwaite, Keighley, on October 7 last year.
He pleaded guilty to affray and will be sentenced on Monday after the case was adjourned for a further report from the probation service.
Prosecutor Richard Davies said Claughan was leaning over a fence waving the sword aggressively and shouting at people in the street. He was arrested and two swords seized from his home.
Claughan’s solicitor advocate, Nigel Jamieson, said a report from his client’s doctor indicated he had mental health problems brought on by difficulties with alcohol.
Claughan’s bail was extended until the sentencing hearing.