Drunk threatened to chop up ex-friend with meat cleaver and stab police

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A drunk who threatened to “chop someone up” while armed with a meat cleaver and kitchen knife has been put behind bars.

John Quinn flew into a rage when his mother refused to give him money for alcohol and stormed into the street armed with the deadly weapons.

Newcastle Crown Court heard his long-suffering mum was so scared by his behaviour she alerted the police.

The 26-year-old then charged to the house of a former friend and smashed a window at the property.

After a terrifying stand-off, where one witness was so terrified she could hardly speak, Quinn went back home and threatened to stab police officers who had been looking for him.

Quinn dropped the weapons before anyone was hurt.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “His mother was shocked. She had a real fear her son was going to hurt someone.

“I don’t think she can take much more of the stress he causes.”

The court heard at the time Quinn was on bail for an earlier house burglary in the city, where damage was caused but nothing was taken.

Quinn, of Castle View, Sunderland, admitted burglary, affray, having bladed articles and criminal damage.

Judge John Milford QC jailed him for a total of 20 months.

The judge said; “It is the sort of offence that could have got horribly out of hand, something terrible could have happened when weapons of this sort are used to frighten people.”

Vic Laffey, defending, said Quinn needs to tackle his drink problem.

Mr Laffey added: “Thankfully, no injury was caused to anybody.”