‘I’ll chop your head off and cut you up’ – robber’s machete threat to probation officer

A machete
A machete

A robber who threatened to cut off his probation officer’s head with a machete and later assaulted a police officer has been jailed.

Marcus Davies made the threat to the officer during an interview, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard Davies also threatened to ‘he would cut her up’ during a meeting with the officer in the town.

“Davies was at the probation office in Hartlepool as part of a supervision requirement from a previous sentence for robbery,” said Paul Power, prosecuting.

“During his interview, he became agitated and abusive.

“He told her he would cut her up and cut her head off with a machete.

“She describes him standing up and waving his arms around as he made the threats.

“He was told to leave, and as he did so he pulled hard on the door handle of the interview room causing £50 of damage to it.”

The court heard Davies was arrested at 5am the next day.

“When he arrived at the police station he was not co-operative, and kicked Pc Kevin Rutherford on his arm and wrist.

“Ms O’Connor later said she accepted some clients would be verbally abusive, but this was by far the worst instance of that she had encountered.”

Davies, 33, of Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool, admitted threatening behaviour and criminal damage on September 15, and assaulting a police officer on September 16.

John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “He was released in May and his engagement with the probation officer was good until this incident.

“The remarks were made in the heat of the moment.

“Marcus is ready to go back to custody, and when he is released he will try to rebuild his life.”

The magistrates sentenced Davies to 12 weeks in prison.

He was ordered to pay £25 compensation to each of his victims, £50 for the damage to the door, and £150 criminal court charge.