Man jailed af­ter ‘shock­ing’ street at­tack over neig­bour’s bin

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Court Re­porter

A 25-year-old man has been jailed af­ter a street con­fronta­tion in Hal­i­fax ear­lier this year. Sean Da­vanna at­tacked one man with a length of wood em­bed­ded with nails and then armed him­self with a bread knife dur­ing the early af­ter­noon dis­tur­bance in Con­sti­tu­tional Street in March.

Brad­ford Crown Court heard that the ori­gin of the al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Da­vanna, his girl­friend and two un­known men was un­clear, but the de­fen­dant claimed later that one of the men had kicked over a neigh­bour’s wheelie bin.

Pros­e­cu­tor Austin New­man said work­ers at the nearby RSPCA premises wit­nessed the dis­tur­bance which in­volved Da­vanna grab­bing a piece of scaf­fold­ing pole as he ran ag­gres­sively to­wards one of the men.

Af­ter dis­card­ing the pole Da­vanna then grabbed a long piece of wood which had nails em­bed­ded in it and af­ter knock­ing one male to the ground he used the piece of wood to pin him down.

Mr New­man said the wood, which broke into two pieces, was across the man’s neck and Da­vanna was ef­fec­tively “throt­tling” him with it.

The court heard that the other male may have sug­gested he had a knife to get Da­vanna off his friend, but the de­fen­dant then got up sud­denly and rushed into his home on Con­sti­tu­tional Street.

Mr New­man said the men ran off, but Da­vanna then came out of his home bran- dish­ing the bread knife which had a ser­rated blade and chased af­ter them.

The court heard that “shocked and con­cerned” wit­nesses alerted the po­lice and they ar­rested Da­vanna when they ar­rived at his home.

At the time of the in­ci­dent in March Da­vanna was still sub­ject to a sus­pended prison sen­tence im­posed al­most a year be­fore for an af­fray.

He again pleaded guilty to af­fray in re­la­tion to the latest dis­tur­bance and also ad­mit­ted two of­fences of pos­sess­ing of­fen­sive weapons.

His bar­ris­ter Camille Mor­land said Da­vanna had been di­ag­nosed with ADHD has a young boy, but had not been re­ceiv­ing his med­i­ca­tion at the time

She con­ceded that her client should have dealt with the sit­u­a­tion in a dif­fer­ent way, but she asked Judge Peter Ben­son to con­sider giv­ing Da­vanna another sus­pended sen­tence.

The judge said neigh­bours and other wit­nesses had been alarmed by Da­vanna’s be­hav­iour par­tic­u­larly some­one armed with a knife in a public place.

Judge Ben­son sen­tenced Da­vanna to 16 weeks in prison for the latest in­ci­dent with an ad­di­tional four weeks in jail for the ear­lier sus­pended sen­tence.

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