A man with a personality disorder became threatening and violent after he rowed with his ex-girlfriend when he had been drinking vodka.

Leeds Crown Court heard today that Gareth Ryan Fisher was still sharing an address in Westerley Way, Shelley, with his former partner Rebecca O’Neill on April 11 when he began behaving strangely.

He had been drinking with another man, Jake Harrison, at the address and he started to argue with Miss O’Neill when she would not lend him some money.

She decided to go to bed but then heard banging noises in the living room and returned to find Fisher slapping Mr Harrison across the face.

John Bull, prosecuting, said Fisher then gave Mr Harrison a kitchen knife inviting him to stab him. Mr Harrison refused but Fisher continued to slap him trying to provoke a reaction.

Miss O’Neill said Fisher was told the police would be called if he continued with is actions but he appeared to be talking to another person who was not there.

Fisher then grabbed Mr Harrison by the throat but Miss O’Neill pulled him off him and tried to calm him down. He was then crying uncontrollably saying he wanted to kill everybody, including himself.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

He then put Mr Harrison in a headlock and hit him on the arm with a frying pan. After he let go he followed Miss O’Neill into her bedroom and put a knife to her throat but then began crying again before telling the “voice” he could not do it because she was not asleep.

Mr Bull said Fisher then put his dressing gown cord around his neck as though to harm himself and it was Mr Harrison who removed it from him leaving Fisher crying in the bathroom.

The police were called because of their concern for Fisher and although Mr Harrison was injured he declined to make a statement against him and both said he was normally a nice person when not in drink and when he took his medication as prescribed for him.

The court heard at the time he was already under a suspended sentence for affray imposed last September and was also in breach of an earlier sentence.

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Mark Brookes representing Fisher said he had been diagnosed with a personality disorder stemming from his being physically abused.

He was a qualified civil engineer but unfortunately when he did not take his medication and then drank he had problems. He could not remember what the trigger was for his behaviour that night but he was somebody who needed help and support.

Fisher, 23 admitted affray and being in breach of two suspended sentences and was jailed for a total of 15 months.

Recorder Ray Singh said his erratic behaviour on that night in April was no doubt frightening for those who were present.