Man fined for axe threat

A PLASTERER who brandished an axe has been fined by a court.

Shaun O’Reilly, 43, committed the offence because he believed his daughter had been assaulted, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Francis Radcliffe, prosecuting, said on August 5 last year, O’Reilly threatened a man with a stick. When asked where his stick was, O’Reilly pulled out a plasterer’s axe and shouted, “I’ll chop your head off”.

Sentencing, Mr Recorder Anthony Hawks said: “You ended up brandishing an axe around and behaving in a disgraceful manner.

“You must understand that these incidents can escalate and you can find yourself in a lot more trouble. Fortunately for you, the incident didn’t go any further than it did.”

Yunus Valli, mitigating, said: “The defendant accepts that on this particular day he went a bit too far.”

O’Reilly, of Fieldhead Gardens, Shaw Cross, denied affray but admitted using threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was found not guilty of two counts of common assault. He must pay a £250 fine, £250 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.