A man armed with a knife threatened to murder his brother because he believed he owed him cash over a car sale, a court heard.
Jilu Miah (44) has since been a patient at Calderstones Hospital in Whalley and was accompanied to court by staff from the hospital.
Burnley Crown Court was told the victim, who believed his brother’s conduct was down to him being mentally ill, thought the defendant’s condition had deteriorated before the incident and he had developed a fascination with guns.
Miah, of Brougham Street, Burnley, admitted making a threat to kill and possessing a bladed article. He was given 15 month’s jail, but has already served it on remand.
Stephen Parker (prosecuting) said the defendant had had mental health issues and had previously been hospitalised under the Mental Health Act.
Last September 8th he thought his brother Zamshad owed him some money and went to his mother’s, made threats and was arrested. He was released after medical assessment, after the view was taken there was nothing medically wrong with him.
On September 10th Miah turned up at his mother’s again and said: “I’m going to kill him now.” His mother rang his brother and warned he was on his way with a knife. Miah was arrested and said a family member had sold his car and he wasn’t pleased. His intention was to stab his brother, not kill him.
Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman said the defendant would be on licence for another seven-and-a half months.