Thug took out meat cleaver at kids’ party during argument with neighbours
A man has been jailed following an incident where he brandished a meat cleaver and a knife at a children’s party.
The court heard how Gareth Pritchard rubbed the blades together in an effort to sharpen them during a dispute with neighbours on April 22.
Pritchard said he only intended to scare the adults at the party on the Maesgeirchen estate in Bangor, Wales, and not the children.
The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place and a bail offence.
Pritchard was sentenced by a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court to 12 months in prison, The Daily Post reported.
Prosecutor Richard Edwards said neighbours saw Pritchard being "abusive and manic" outside one of their houses.
The prosecutor said Pritchard alleged one of his neighbours was a drug addict and referenced a shotgun.
He said the neighbours, who were two women, were told by Pritchard: "Watch what happens. Watch what I'm going to get from my flat."
The court was told how one of the women was hosting a children’s party which had kids aged from one to nine years old.
When the woman returned to her back garden, she spotted Pritchard again.
The prosecutor said: "She saw the defendant standing on the pavement at the front of her house.
"She couldn't hear what he was saying but she could tell he was aggressive. And he was carrying two knives.
"He was rubbing them together, as if he was sharpening them. Some of the children started to cry."
Police were called and arrived at 8pm at the home of Pritchard in Maesgeirchen, Bangor, to arrest him.
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The court heard Pritchard had been having "issues" with one of the women and referenced a shotgun so she would leave him alone.
The defendant also claimed the meat cleaver and the knife were being held to "scare" the women.
Barrister Elen Owen, who defended Pritchard, said his behaviour was "the culmination of Mr Pritchard having been targeted repeatedly by certain people on this estate."
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