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Brawler carried axe, court told
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
AN OFF DUTY policeman who stepped in to break up a fight in Weymouth found one of those involved was carrying an axe, a court was told.
Jonathan Andrew Chapman, 25, was given a community order with a mental health treatment requirement after admitting a charge of possessing a bladed article.
Dorchester Crown Court was told the off duty police officer was driving through Weymouth with his family on the morning of Saturday, May 25 when they witnessed the confrontation between two men in the road.
Prosecutor Sadie Rizzo told the court that the officer went to break up the fight and found Chapman in possession of a short-handled axe, which he handed over.
Anne Brown, mitigating, said Chapman had not used the axe during the fight and it was the other man who was the main aggressor.
She described her client’s behaviour as ‘uncharacteristic’ and explained that Chapman, of Wakeham, Portland, suffered from aspergers syndrome and various mental health difficulties.
Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Chapman to a 12-month community order with a mental health treatment requirement and a supervision order.
The judge said: “The potential for a very serious consequence of a fight between two angry people, one with an axe in his possession, is perfectly obvious.”
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