Sword-wielding drunk chased three witnesses after attacking woman, Derby court told
A DRUNK man wielding a sword chased three people after they witnessed him assaulting a woman.
Darren Millinship grabbed the Samurai sword from his house after he assaulted the woman on his doorstep, Derby Crown Court was told.
Staggering towards the men, while waving the sword, Millinship said: "I'm ready. Are you fighting me or what?"
Suspending a 12-month jail sentence for two years, Recorder Stephen Lowne said: "You chased some public-spirited members of the public down the street with a sword.
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"You were drunk. You were clearly angry because you had just assaulted someone.
"I don't know what charge you would have been facing if you had caught up with those people but I assume, at the very least, wounding with intent, which carries life imprisonment."
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said the three men had been concerned about the woman, who was drunk and had approached Millinship, who was asleep on his doorstep. Millinship, of Margaret Avenue, Sandiacre, had woken and pushed the woman, whom he knew, and they landed in a heap, said Miss Slater.
She then hit him in the face. The court heard Millinship, 21, had then become aware of the three men standing close by and said to the woman: "You've got more lads back."
He then went inside and got the sword and chased the men down the street.
After running away, the men called the police and Millinship and the woman were found asleep inside his house. Both had injuries to their faces.
Millinship was arrested and told officers that he could not recall much of the incident but accepted his guilt and showed remorse.
James Horne, in mitigation, said: "There's much good to Darren Millinship.
"It has been six months since the incident and there's been no further problems.
"He is a hard worker and now works full-time at Royal Mail, night shifts, Sunday to Thursday."
Millinship admitted possessing an offensive weapon and assault by beating on April 21.
This was Millinship's first conviction.
He was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, to be supervised by the probation service for two years and to pay £235 costs.
He must also obey a six-month curfew on Friday and Saturday nights, between 8pm and 6am.
"This is to prevent you from going out drinking," said Recorder Lowne.
"When you are sober, you seem to be a hard-working individual and a caring individual."
But Recorder Lowne added: "The word disgraceful doesn't do justice to your behaviour that night.
"It was highly dangerous but, by luck, no injury was caused."