Armed yob in terror attack

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

An armed yob who brought terror to a Burnley street twice in as many months wielding an array of dangerous weapons, has won his freedom.

The town’s crown court heard how Davey Williams (24) had brandished a metal pole when his partner had been having an altercation with another woman on Dall Street, Burnley, last July. He was arrested and bailed only to cause more trouble with his “irrational” and violent behaviour.

The hearing was told that two months after the first frightening outburst, Williams had struck again, this time witnessed by a customer waiting outside a Burnley chippy. The defendant had got a hammer from his house after a confrontation with Neil Dutton. He had repeatedly hit Dutton’s car with it, smashing the passenger window and then shattering the driver’s window as Dutton made off - actions which a judge said could have killed him. Dutton returned shortly after and drove his vehicle at Williams, trapping him against a wall.

Williams, then of Dall Street, Burnley, had admitted two counts of possessing an offensive weapon and one charge of affray. The defendant, who had been remanded in custody since last September, received 13 months in jail, suspended for two years, with supervision, the Resolve programme and a seven month, 9pm to 8am curfew at an address on Primrose Street, Accrington.

In a separate hearing, Dutton (32), of Holcombe Drive, Burnley, was sentenced to nine months’ custody, suspended for 18 months. He was also banned from driving for a year and was ordered to take an extended retest. He had admitted dangerous driving.