Machete man in court order

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A DESPERATE man who armed himself and roamed the aisles of a supermarket in a bid to get arrested has been given a community order,

James Glendenning Douglas was homeless and in debt to drugs dealers when he waved a machete at a security guard in the Tesco store in Dragonville, Durham City.

Durham Crown Court heard since the incident last February, Douglas has stopped taking drugs and has the offer of a job.

“His life is starting to take shape,” said Caroline Goodwin, defending.

Douglas, 31, formerly of Gilesgate, admitted affray and possessing an offensive waepon at an earlier hearing.

Judge Christopher Prince sentenced Douglas to a two-year community order, including a drug rehabilitation programme.

The judge told him: “You have already spent three months in custody, and all the indications are your life is improving.”

Douglas will have to return to court once a month for the next year for his progress to be monitored.