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Masked youth jailed for machete attack on occupants of house in Leadgate
A MAN who barged into a house and attacked two people with a machete was today (Monday September 23) jailed for six years.
Jamie Burns claimed he went to the premises in Leadgate, near Consett, carrying the hook-shape bladed knife to cut cannabis plants.
But he said he was surprised to find people present at the address, in First Street, Bradley Bungalows, when he entered at 10.30pm on January 15.
John Gillette, prosecuting, said a 25-year-old householder went to investigate on hearing at bang at the door and was confronted by Burns who came at him with the machete, lashing out, striking him a number of times.
The victim then grappled with Burns, before a second occupant, armed with a knife, challenged the balaclava-clad intruder.
Mr Gillette said Burns also injured this man, but, in the melee, suffered a cut himself.
Fleeing the premises, he shouted to a second man, outside: “Get the shooter. I’m going to shoot them.”
The first victim suffered lacerations to the forearms and hands, including tendon damage, plus scratches to the side of his face.
He was unable to use either hand for 12 weeks and will require physiotherapy for up to 18 months to recover manual dexterity.
The other injured man, aged 22, suffered cuts to the knuckles and hands, and a penetration wound to his right lung which required surgery.
Mr Gillette said a forensic test on the blood-stained knife carried by one of the injured man revealed a dna match with Burns, who arrested later in January.
He made no comment in interview and initially denied aggravated burglary.
On the day his trial was due to start, last month, 22-year-old Burns, formerly of Blue Bell Close, Leadgate, but more recently of Fieldside, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, admitted the charge.
His barrister, Julian Smith, presented several character testimonies to the court and described the father of two young children as, “a good family man”, who has behaved impeccably while in custody.
Mr Smith said the two previous offences of violence on Burns’ record were for injuries carried out with his fists rather than while armed.
Jailing him, Recorder Toby Hedworth told Burns he “carefully considered” the character references presented to him.
But, he added : “Clearly there are two sides to your character.
“It must be difficult for your family to hear that the person they know so well does have this other side to him.”
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