A man suffering from mental health problems threw a sofa, hoover and cans of paint out of the window of his 12th floor flat in Sheffield, a court heard.
Children and their parents were around at the time of the incident but nobody was hit as Nicholas Tummon shouted at them: “I will come down to smash your head in.”
Two police officers who arrived at the scene of the disturbance at a high rise tower block on Martin Street in Upperthorpe, Sheffield, spotted that 35-year-old Tummon had a screwdriver in his hand and damage had been caused inside the council flat.
He threatened the officers, who had to call for back-up.
Tummon ‘calmly’ walked out of the flat a number of hours later, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said Tummon told officers he had felt he had to do ‘something extreme’ to combat what he perceived as threats.
Judge Peter Kelson, sentencing Tummon, said he had read two psychiatric reports which both agreed that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident.
He sentenced Tummon to a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, after he admitted affray.