Suspended prison sentence for Brackley axe incident man


Staff at the Crown Hotel managed to take the weapon from him

A Brackley man has been given a suspended prison sentence after he was seen with an axe behaving aggressively in Brackley town centre on January 20 this year.

Thirty-two year old Leyton Gondrez had been in the Market Place but was found in a room at the Crown Hotel when police arrived.   Staff there had managed to take the weapon from him.

Gondrez was arrested, but on the way to custody was verbally abusive to officers, calling one a homophobic slur.   He was charged with one count of possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place, and one public order offence.

Gondrez, who’s from Winston Crescent in Brackley, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court in July where he admitted one count of using threatening, abusive, insulting words and behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.   He was due to undergo a trial on the weapons charge at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on September 26, but on the day changed his plea to guilty.

He was then sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and subject to 12 months’ supervision.   Gondrez was also ordered to undergo a six-month alcohol treatment period, complete a maximum of 25 days of rehabilitation activity, and also complete 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.

A concurrent suspended sentence for the public order offence was also issued, together with a further 20 hours of unpaid work.   He was also ordered to pay £310 in costs and a £154 victim surcharge.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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