Illegal migrant chased men through Doncaster with meat cleaver
Nguyen Tuan claimed to have borrowed the cleaver to chop chicken but ran down Beechfield Road with the blade.
The 40-year-old, who admitted possessing a bladed article, was jailed for 12 months at Sheffield Crown Court and faces deportation on his release.
Richard Thynne, prosecuting, said a woman looked out of her window and saw four or five Chinese-looking men get out of a car.
They were standing around when the car suddenly drove off with the men inside and Tuan chasing after them with a meat cleaver.
The neighbour recognised Tuan, as he had been living on the street for about nine months, but was so terrified she called the police.
Tuan told officers he had been threatened so chased after the men. He was so exhausted the blade dropped from his jacket when he was stopped.
Paul O’Shea, defending, said Tuan had been living in London for two years and was supported by his girlfriend who was legitimately in the UK and had a job.
He was from a poor farming family in North Vietnam and paid an agent there several thousand euros to enter the UK in a vehicle.
Tuan did not know anybody when he arrived in London but found help and initially lived there.
Mr O’Shea said: “Nobody was injured in the attack and it was over quickly. His friend had some kind of disagreement with the men in the car.”
Judge Simon Lawler told Tuan: “You were arrested out of breath and gave no explanation to police about the circumstances.”