Troy Banner, 29, pleaded guilty to charges of harassment and possession of a blade after making the threats to his neighbor in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in November last year
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A man attacked a fridge with an ax in the early hours of the morning while shouting “I’m going to kill you Terry” before threatening his neighbor with a knife, a court has heard.
Troubled Troy Banner, 29, vowed to stab his former friend during a short-lived dispute in the flats where they lived in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
He was spotted attacking the kitchen appliance which was abandoned in the front garden of his home at 5am in November last year, Derbyshire Live reports.
Derby Crown Court heard how he was found shouting “I’m going to kill you, Terry” as he destroyed the fridge before he went to find his neighbour.
Police arrived and drew their stun guns before arresting Banner, of Talbot Crescent, Hasland.
He pleaded guilty to charges of harassment and possession of a bladed article. The defendant appeared over a link from HMP Nottingham where he has been on remand since shortly after his arrest.
Judge Shaun Smith QC asked the defendant’s barrister, Emma Coverley: “What on earth happened here? This is a man that has not got into any trouble since 2009 who then, all of a sudden does this. What was all this about?”
She replied: “He was a resident at the property for some two-and-a-half years and he and the complainant got on very well. The complainant was a little bit older and quite what the tipping point was I don’t know.
“Mr Banner tells me he felt put upon in terms of jobs he was asked to do and it appears he mulled it over. At the time alcohol and cannabis usage was on the increase and he exploded.”
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Philip Plant, prosecuting, said Banner and the victim had been neighbors at flats in Chesterfield for more than two years prior to the incidents beginning.
He said on November 27, last year, the pair were in the latter’s flat when the defendant “started acting strangely.”
The prosecutor said: “He went to the window and started shouting obscenities, came back from the window holding a knife and said the complainant ‘I am going to kill you’. He (the victim) was able to disarm him and the defendant left the property.
“The next incident happened on December 22 when the defendant was in his flat, below the complainant’s, and was heard shouting for two-or-three hours repeatedly ‘I am going to kill you’.”
Mr Plant said the neighbor did not report the incidents to the police as he was more concerned with Banner’s mental state. But at 5am the next morning, the defendant was seen and heard in the front garden attacking a fridge, firstly with an ax and then a baseball bat.
The prosecutor said: “As he did so he was shouting ‘I am going to kill you, Terry’.”
Jailing him for eight months, Judge Smith said: “What you did was not acceptable, you know that. You have not been in trouble for 11 years or so and your (neighbour and) friend, on the first two occasions, did not even call the police.
“But when you started whacking the fridge with the ax he did call the police. Your sentence means that you will be out in 10 days or so because of the time you have already served.”
Over the link, Banner replied: “Thank you very much, I am sorry for what I did.”
As well as the jail term, Judge Smith handed the defendant a three-year restraining order.