A MAN who armed himself with a crowbar and a Stanley knife before confronting a 16-year-old youth has been jailed for two years.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Anthony Lund terrified the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as well as other relatives, including his grandmother.
Prosecutor Christopher Moran said the teenager, his girlfriend and other members of his family had been in the front garden of their Huddersfield home last September when there was an exchange of words with Lund who was walking nearby with another man.
About five minutes later Lund returned with another man and a woman called Joanne Thorpe and after pulling up his T-shirt Lund produced a crowbar.
Mr Moran said the teenager ran back into his house and was chased by Lund and Thorpe.
During the confrontation between Lund and the boy Thorpe, who was carrying a rounders bat, told the teenager: “You’d better say sorry.”
Mr Moran said the boy’s grandmother tried to intervene as Lund swung out with the Stanley knife.
Eventually the pair left the house with Lund warning the boy not to ‘grass him up’.
Mr Moran said the police arrived and when Lund was later arrested they recovered the crowbar and Stanley knife.
When Thorpe was arrested she claimed she had been acting as a peacemaker.
Mr Moran said there were no victim impact statements but in their original statements all the witnesses described being in fear throughout the incident.
Two months later Thorpe carried out a sneak-in burglary at the home of an 82-year-old woman and took her handbag containing cash and other property.
The bag, minus the cash, was later recovered from a house in Birch Road, Berry Brow.
Lund, 34, of no fixed abode, admitted offences of affray and possessing offensive weapons.
Thorpe, 33, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour, possessing an offensive weapon and burglary.
After jailing Lund Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he was deferring sentence on Thorpe, now of Lockbridge Way, Milnsbridge, until October 1 to see if she could keep out of trouble and comply with various appointments with different agencies.
Lund’s lawyer Mark Brookes said he now had enhanced prisoner status after completing a 12-week detoxification course and attending alcohol and dependency groups.