Burnley axe attacker dad-of-three spared jail

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

An axe-wielding father-of-three who attacked a Burnley man with the weapon, has been spared jail.

Nathan Rosser (36) chased the man with an axe in one hand and a golf club in the other, a court heard.

Rosser swung the weapon at the victim, who was armed with a spade, and caused a minor cut to his arm in the fracas which erupted over alleged comments made about the defendant’s nine-year-old daughter.

The defendant, of Brunshaw Avenue, admitted two counts of having an offensive weapon and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, at Burnley Crown Court.

Recorder Philip Parry condemned the incident which he said involved two grown men fighting with weapons in the street.

He said: “The public would have been terrified, swinging clubs and axes around at 8-30pm on an August evening.

“The fact is you went inside and armed yourself with two weapons which you used to cause injury.”

Rosser was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for a year.

He was given a 12-month supervision order and a two-month curfew from 8-30pm to 7am.

He was given £75 costs and £100 victim surcharge.

The court heard that the street disturbance happened on August 8th.

The defendant was said to have run into his flat before coming out wielding a golf club and hurling abuse at the man.

Richard Bennett (prosecuting) said Rosser chased him round the back of the flats and produced an axe.

He said: “At one stage he was chasing him with a golf club and an axe.

“This defendant had swung the axe and made contact with his left arm and caused a relatively minor cut.”

When he was arrested he initially denied that he had been in possession of an axe but later admitted it.

He claimed the altercation had erupted in the street after concerns over attitudes and comments by the man towards his young daughter which he said were “wholly inappropriate”.

The court heard that both men had been armed and the defendant had been hit in the back with a spade.

Kristian Cavanah (defending) said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and accepted that his behaviour was inappropriate.

He said that his client, who has regular contact with his three children, suffered from depression and anxiety.