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Machete waved by Bradford man outside his flat
8:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A drunken man caught waving a machete outside his flat has been sentenced to a 12 month community order after a judge heard he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Abdul Zareie, 47, brandished the weapon in communal gardens behind his home in Gracechurch Street, Manningham, Bradford, on May 23.
Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Zareie was hacking at plants and a tree and banging on his window with the machete. He was also throwing things at the windows of the flat above. He was very intoxicated and had a kitchen knife in his pocket when he was arrested.
Zareie pleaded guilty to two offences of having an offensive weapon in a public place.
The court heard he could not recall the incident and had mental health problems.
His barrister, Jayne Beckett, said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and sought solace in alcohol.