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Darlington man jailed after threatening police with circular saw
A MAN who threw a boot at his girlfriend before threatening police officers with a circular saw was jailed today (Thursday August 28).
Robert Baines pointed the petrol-driven saw at officers and threatened to cause a riot after a row with his girlfriend got out of hand.
Police were called after a member of the public heard shouting and screaming in the street and spotted Baines, of Kingsway Mews, Darlington, throwing chipped stones at his cowering girlfriend, said Vickie Wilson, prosecuting.
Darlington Magistrates Court heard that the 33-year-old went on to throw a boot at his partner, who was attempting to flee the scene shouting “You’re just a bully”.
Baines then went into his home and began damaging property, smashing candlesticks and jamming a knife blade in a bedroom door.
Police arrived to find Baines shouting abuse at his girlfriend from a first floor window.
Mrs Wilson said: “He was then verbally abusive towards police officers and told them ‘If you try to come up here to get me, there will be a riot’.
“When officers went into the property, they heard the noise of a petrol engine and saw him holding the petrol-driven saw, which was running and pointed towards officers.”
After being threatened with a Taser, Baines – who had also been smashing up items in the house - gave himself up.
Representing himself in court, he described his behaviour as stupid, saying: “What I did was very stupid and when I realised what I had done, I put the saw down, put my hands up and gave myself up.
“It was a very stupid thing to do. I was half-drunk, half-asleep and did not realise what I was doing.”
Jailing him for eight weeks after he admitted affray and public order offences, chair of the bench Colin Beadle said: “Actual threats were made and this was a lengthy incident. The victim was vulnerable, there was damage caused to the property and there were threats to police officers.”
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