A “merrily drunk” dad, seen waving a Samurai sword above his head late one night on a quiet Bulwell street, has been given a suspended prison-sentence.
Lee Wright (32), of Newmarket Road, Bulwell, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to having the sword, which was two feet long, in a public place.
His case was initially adjourned because District Judge Leo Pyle was concerned what would happen to Wright’s 11-year-old son, for whom he was the sole carer, if he was sent to prison.
However, at the reconvened hearing, magistrates opted to suspend for 12 months an eight-week jail term..
Wright was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community and to be supervised by a probation officer for the next 12 months.
Sumaiya Khan (prosecuting) said the police were called to Brook Close in Bulwell at 10.50 pm on Thursday 10th July by an alarmed resident who had seen a man with a sword outside his front door.
When an officer arrived, he had to give chase as Wright, who was slurring his words and staggering on his feet, jogged round a corner.
After ordering him to put his hands up, the officer pointed a taser gun at Wright. He was eventually apprehended after a struggle on the floor, and the sword was recovered from a nearby garden.
“When interviewed, he said he had drunk four cans of Stella and taken anti-depressants and cannabis,” said Miss Khan. “He claimed he found the sword lying on the ground.
“He felt ashamed of his behaviour because he wanted to set a good example to his son.”
Rob Keeble (defending) told the court Wright wasn’t thinking straight at the time. “He kept receiving nasty text-messages from a man called Kev about the death of his (Wright’s) father, who committed suicide last year,” said Mr Keeble..
“He also suffers from depression, but has no history of violence or offences relating to weapons.”
The Bench ordered the sword to be forfeited and destroyed.