Sword-wielding thug from South Yorkshire scared mum and step-dad

A booze-fuelled sword-wielding thug threatened his mother and step-father after a family row.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:24 am

Daniel Charnock, aged 31, felt everyone at his family home on Arundel Avenue, Dalton, Rotherham, was having a go at him before he returned with a sword saying he was going to kill his mother and step-father, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told the hearing on January 28: “At that time the defendant went into the bedroom and a short time after he came out and had with him a sword with a cover and a golden handle.

“His mother saw he was holding it with his right hand and he pulled the cover off with his left hand and he said, ‘I’m going to kill your fella and I’m going to kill you’.”

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Police had to restrain and arrest a man after he had been wielding a sword at his family home.
Police had to restrain and arrest a man after he had been wielding a sword at his family home.

Charnock said he was going to leave his brother alone before saying he was going to give them a ten-minute countdown, according to Mr Coxon, as he went back into his bedroom.

Mr Coxon added Charnock's mother tried to secure the bedroom door but the defendant came out again bare-chested with nunchucks and wearing a mask.

Charnock took a phone from his step-father who had been calling police, according to Mr Coxon, and he told the force he had an AK47 and they should send an armed response unit and get ready for a gunfight.

Mr Coxon said police arrived and restrained Charnock who admitted he had anger issues and had consumed alcohol but he claimed he had never intended to carry out his threats.

Charnock’s mother stated she had been terrified and his step-father stated they had been scared and both wanted the defendant to get help.

Charnock pleaded guilty to affray after the incident on December 7 and admitted assaulting his mother on a previous date when he had pinned her down with his hands around her throat, according to Mr Coxon.

Rebecca Tanner, defending, said Charnock has an alcohol problem and has been using illicit substances to self-medicate and recognises his behaviour was “utterly deplorable”.

Judge Peter Kelson QC sentenced Charnock to 18-months of custody suspended for two years with alcohol treatment and rehabilitation requirements.

He also imposed a two-year restraining order.