A MAN who took the ‘law into his own hands’ and used a hammer to threaten another man in a ‘revenge attack’ has been jailed for 10 months.
Ainsley Wells, aged 22, of Burnaby Court, Langsett Estate, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon after he threatened 21-year-old Daniel Bland in his home on Chesterfield Road last year.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Wells went to his victim’s home with Chantelle Miller, 22, of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, to seek revenge for an incident he believed Mr Bland had been involved with.
Background to the case was not revealed, but Recorder Tim Gittins told Wells and his co-accused, who also admitted affray, that it was up to courts to dole out justice.
“The courts can’t accept people taking the law into their own hands and the courts must punish those seek to do so to try to prevent other such instances,” he said.
“It was a revenge attack, at least to put Daniel Bland in fear, following the perceived sense of injustice that Wells had arising from events in 2008 and 2009. I am not going to go into details, but the fact is that those cases took the proper courses through the courts.”
The judge added: “Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own homes.”
The court heard Mr Bland refused to open the door to his home when Wells and Miller turned up and Wells forced his way in through a window.
Prosecutor Megan Reece said Wells called out to Miller, a mum-of-one who is pregnant with her second baby, ‘pass me my hatchet’ - which turned out to be a hammer.
Wells chased Mr Bland through his home and ‘cornered’ him in his kitchen, where he swung at him with the hammer, grazing his victim on his arm as he defended himself.
Mr Bland then ran to his bathroom and locked the door to get away from Wells.
When Wells was arrested he told police he had only wanted to threaten his victim. Miller she became embroiled in Wells’ plan because he asked to borrow her car and she was ‘frightened ’ and felt unable to say no.
Clare Benson, for Wells, said the father-of-three suffered health problems, including anxiety and depression.
“It’s clear that his difficulty lies in his thinking process,” she added. “He has realised the error of his ways.”
Miller was given a ‘final chance’ by the judge and sentenced to nine months behind bars, suspended for 18 months
She was also ordered to serve a 12-month community order.