‘I’m going to slit her throat’ – chilling threats made with sword on Hartlepool doorstep

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A MAN with a history of mental health issues made chilling threats he wanted to slit a woman’s throat outside her front door after downing six litres of cider.

Aaron Reed, 22, armed himself with the 2ft-long sword and went to confront the woman at her Hartlepool home.

But during the course of issuing the frightening threats Reed rang police himself who dashed to the scene and used a stun gun after he brandished the weapon at officers.

A judge at Teesside Crown Court said the offences deserved prison but Reed was spared immediate jail.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Reed turned up at the victim’s home at around 11.30pm on June 28.

She said: “She heard a voice she recognised as the defendant’s say ‘I’m going to slit her throat. I want her to open the door so I can slash her throat.’

“He had turned up at the address wit ha sword and was on the phone telling police what he was going to do.

“Officers attended and saw the defendant nearby with the sword which he pointed in the officers’ direction .

“They felt it necessary to use a stun gun and the defendant was subsequently restrained and the sword seized.”

Reed, who at the time of the offence lived on Hartlepool’s Central Estate, later admitted making threats to kill, possession an offensive weapon and taking revenge.

In an impact statement the victim said: “When he was at my home I was petrified for my life.”

Ian Hudson, mitigating, said Reed suffered from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and had received mental health help for other issues from his past.

Mr Hudson said the threats to the woman were not genuine adding: “It could never have been his intention and there is no suggestion that he would have carried out the threat.”

He added the victim never saw the sword when Reed made the threats.

Judge Peter Armstrong said: “No doubt this was a terrifying incident and she speaks of anxiety as a result of it.”

Reed, now of Darlington Road, Ferryhill, was given a 12-months prison suspended for two years and 18 months supervision.

He was also made the subject of a five year restraining order including a condition not to enter Hartlepool.