Couple left terrified by machete-wielding man

Alan Donohoe, jailed for nearly five years for smashing his way into a couple's house armed with a machete.
Alan Donohoe, jailed for nearly five years for smashing his way into a couple's house armed with a machete.
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A DERANGED man who terrified a couple by smashing his way into their home wielding a machete has been locked up for nearly five years.

Alan Donohoe, 25, entered Carl and Katrina Freeman’s house on Medlock Drive, Handsworth, Sheffield, by breaking the lounge window.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Donohoe was in a ‘dangerous, paranoid and pyschotic’ state while high on cocaine and alcohol and spilled blood ‘everywhere’ after cutting his hand on the broken glass.

Mr Freeman struggled to keep Donohoe shut inside the lounge, but was overcome by the intruder and forced to flee with his wife.

Donohoe, of Ballifield Avenue, Handsworth, caused £5,000 of damage - and was Tasered by police officers as he tried to escape.

Jailing Donohoe for four years and eight months, Judge Alan Goldsack QC said the case was ‘disturbing’.

“It’s difficult to imagine a more frightening incident for a couple to have to put up with in their own home,” he said.

In a statement, Mrs Freeman said she’d ‘never been so frightened in her life’.

“The blood was unbelievable,” she said.

“It looked as though someone had taken a bucket of blood and thrown it around the house.”

Donohoe picked up the machete at a friend’s house on nearby Medlock Road and arrived at the Freemans’ at 1.40am, knocking on the lounge window as they slept.

James Baird, mitigating, said Donohoe ‘thought he could handle’ his addictions and was ‘deeply ashamed’.

Donohoe admitted affray, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage.