Man warned to expect prison sentence after admitting aggravated burglary armed with machete (From The Northern Echo)
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Man warned to expect prison sentence after admitting aggravated burglary at Leadgate house armed with machete
A MAN brandishing a machete attacked two people at a house where he mistakenly believed cannabis was being grown.
Jamie Burns, then 21, is said to have burst into the premises, in First Street, Bradley Bungalows, in Leadgate, near Consett, carrying the ornamental knife, on January 15.
Two male occupants were said to have suffered injuries in the resulting confrontation.
It led to the arrest of Burns, formerly of Bluebell Close, in Leadgate, on suspicion of aggravated burglary and two offences of wounding with intent.
He was subsequently charged with all three offences, denying them at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court, in April.
The case was set down for trial, but when the case came before the court on Tuesday (August 20), Burns, now 22, and of Fieldside, Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, changed his plea to ‘guilty’ on the aggravated burglary charge.
John Gillette, prosecuting, said, following a review by the Crown lawyer and police officer overseeing the case, as well as consultation with both complainants, the plea was considered “acceptable”.
He said the two charges of wounding with intent would be “left on the file” when Burns is sentenced, next month.
Mr Gillette added: “Can I make it clear there was no cannabis farm at those premises.
“The Crown’s case is not that he went there with a specific intention of attacking the two householders, but under the misapprehension there were drugs in the premises.
“He went there armed and things went horribly wrong when he arrived. That is in accordance with the evidence.
“All the complainants can say is that he may have had a grudge against someone, but it was not necessarily one of them.”
Julian Smith, for Burns, asked for preparation of background reports on his client before he is sentenced.
“He was 21 at the time, now 22, and already has offences of wounding and a further assault on his record, and now this.
“I’m assuming the court will want an assessment of the potential risk he poses.”
Agreeing, Recorder Amanda Rippon said: “In these circumstances it’s wise to have the risk assessed.
“It’s troubling that he’s amassing such serious offences at his relatively young age.”
She warned Burns, however, to expect nothing other than a custodial sentence.
He was remanded in custody, to be brought back for sentence on September 23.