A 27-year-old man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for carrying out a revenge attack with a samurai sword.

Timothy Davey “charged full tilt” at Scott Ross with the weapon because he believed he had burgled his home, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Davey, of Stonegate Road, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, sliced Mr Ross’s finger so badly with the sword that he needed surgery on a severed nerve to retain use of it.

Davey pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Ross, 22, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm at 8.30pm on June 7.

Prosecutor Camille Morland said that Mr Ross was at a friend’s house on the Thorpe Edge estate when Davey turned up unexpectedly. He was carrying the sword and it was alleged he was wearing a knuckle-duster and had a large kitchen knife tucked in his trousers.

Mr Ross said Davey sprinted towards him, saying: “Come on, I’m going to get you.”

Mr Ross tried to shut the kitchen door but Davey thrust the blade inside to prevent it closing.

He forced his way into the house and went to stab Mr Ross, wounding him on the knee.

The sword then lodged in the middle finger of Mr Davey’s left hand. He squeezed the blade to defend himself and his finger was sliced right open when Davey pulled the sword away.

His hand was bleeding profusely and Davey was saying: “I’m going to kill you,” Miss Morland said.

Mr Ross needed an operation on his hand at Bradford Royal Infirmary to repair a severed nerve.

He did not return for follow-up treatment and he declined to make a victim personal statement about his progress after the attack.

The court heard that Davey was jailed for three years in 2005 for attempting rob an off-licence in Thornbury, Bradford, with a machete.

His barrister, Giles Bridge, said he denied having a knuckle duster or knife. Davey believed that Mr Ross had burgled his family home.

“He now accepts fully that it was a stupid and reckless act that had serious consequences,” Mr Bridge said.

Davey and his family intended to leave Bradford to start a new life, Mr Bridge added.

Judge Colin Burn said the samurai sword was “a vicious weapon designed to cause injury”.

He told Davey: “You were in a high state of agitation to the extent that you charged full tilt at the door and forced yourself into the house and attacked Mr Ross with the sword.”