Sunderland man slashed friends in drunken samurai sword incident

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TWO people suffered slash wounds when a samurai sword was waved around during a drinking session.

David Jenkins swung the weapon towards the heads of a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man who were at his house on May 19.

Newcastle Crown Court heard they both suffered wounds to their hands, which they had raised in a bid to protect themselves.

The female victim suffered nerve damage where the weapon cut the base of her thumb.

Jenkins told police he had been “dancing around” carrying the sword when his visitors got hurt.

The 29-year-old, of Penistone Road, in Pennywell, admitted unlawful wounding and assault.

At the time of the attack he was on bail for breaking a man’s cheekbone with a single blow outside the Last Orders pub, in Red House, last November.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in relation to that attack.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Mr Recorder Jonathan Sandiford sentenced him to 18 months behind bars.

The Judge told him: “You swung the weapon around near enough to people’s heads that injuries were caused when they raised their hands thinking they were going to be struck.”

The judge said the public were “sick to death” of drunken violence.

Andrew Finlay, defending, said Jenkins was remorseful for what he did.

Mr Finlay said Jenkins was under considerable stress due to a family member’s ill health at the time of the pub attack.

In relation to the attack, he said: “He was dancing around, waving the machete around.

“It was obviously a reckless thing to do and when the machete was waved towards someone’s head they are going to put up their hands.

“He has to accept responsibility.”

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