Man jailed after admitting theatening to kill while wielding a Samurai sword

A man has been jailed for 18 weeks after admitting he threatened to kill another while wielding a Samurai sword.
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates CourtWigan and Leigh Magistrates Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Ian Kitts, 36, of Keats Close, Atherton, had initially denied using threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards Gary Stratton in the town on the night of August 5 but then changed his plea.

At the same time he was cleared of attacking two women after a trial. Kitts had been accused of assaulting Katreen Henry and Lisa Richards by beating.

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But on his return to Wigan Magistrates’ Court, the bench imposed a custodial sentence for the public order offence, citing the reason for locking him up as it “involved making threats to kill whilst brandishing a Samurai sword, causing real fear to those present”.

The crime was further compounded by his committing it while on bail, the court heard.

Kitts was also ordered to pay a £122 victim surcharge.