Sunderland man terrified his ex with machete and ‘grenade’

Dean Philp.
Dean Philp.
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A terrified mum feared she and her baby would be blown up when her ex-boyfriend turned up at his house carrying a “grenade”.

Dean Philp was banned by court order from getting in contact with his former partner when he let himself into her Sunderland home carrying what he said was a deadly explosive device in his hand and a machete up his sleeve.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old warned “watch and see what I am capable of” before he produced the weapons and threatened to blow the place up when he stormed into the house in August.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court the “grenade” turned out to be a realistic mock-up, which would not have actually exploded.

Philp confessed the device was actually a paint grenade bought from a charity organisation.

The frightened mum told police after Philp’s visit: “I feel terrified for my life.

“I feel beyond terrified of him, bringing what could have been a grenade and a machete into my home while my daughter was here.

“If the grenade went off inside the house I would have been killed, and my daughter.

“I was helpless and could not prevent his actions.”

Philp, of Tudor Grove, Barnes, admitted having an offensive weapon and breach of a non-molestation order.

He also admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis and amphetamine after £1,742 of the drugs were found at his home in October last year.

Judge John Milford QC sentenced him to a total of two-and-a-half years behind bars.

The judge told him: “The court had ordered you to stay away from her, stay away from her home.

“In the face of that order, you went to her home and you invaded it.”

The judge said Philp “struck terror” into his victim.

Jane Foley, defending, said Philp was carrying the machete to harm himself, not anyone else, and that the grenade contained only paint.

Miss Foley said she accepted the weapons were “menacing” to look at and said Philp had stopped taken medication that stabilises his behaviour at the time.

The court heard the couple are now back together.