Residents in an apartment block were shocked and frightened when an armed man attacked a neighbour’s door with an axe.
Leicester Crown Court was told that Kirandeep Virk was responding to a call for help from a female friend – but went about it in completely the wrong way.
The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to causing an affray in Chancery Place, Millstone Lane, in the city centre, on December 23, 2018.
Helen Marley, prosecuting, said the male victim, who did not formally complain about the incident, had asked a woman around to his apartment – and there was a then dispute between the two of them.
Virk became involved when the woman phoned him asking for help.
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Miss Marley said: “He drove to Pocklington’s Walk, near the magistrates’ court, got an axe out of the boot and walked into the apartments at Chancery Place, where the man and woman were having an argument.
“The defendant was annoyed and upset.
“He used the axe to damage the door while the man was inside (the apartment).
“The victim was unwilling to make a complaint, but the person who owned the flat complained about the £225 damage caused to the door.”
Judge Ebrahim Mooncey asked: “Did he (Virk) use the axe to threaten people?”
Miss Marley said: “There were people who poked their heads outside of their doors, who were frightened and afraid of the attitude he had, but there’s no suggestion he used the axe to threaten them.
“The police originally went to the wrong place and didn’t arrive while the defendant was at the property.”
JUDGE ASKED ‘WHY HAVE AN AXE IN YOUR BOOT?’
Sentencing, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey told Virk: “You were answering a call for help from your friend, but there are certain ways of doing it.
“Here, we have you armed with an axe.
“Why have one in your boot?”
Virk told the judge: “The axe and gardening equipment in my boot belonged to another individual.”
‘CONFUSING SET OF EVENTS’
Nathan Palmer, mitigating, said: “The axe was amongst gardening tools in the back of a car.”
Judge Mooncey said: “He must have a large garden with lots of trees, he’s not a lumberjack by occupation is he?”
Mr Palmer said: “No Your Honour, he’s not.”
The barrister added: “These proceedings have gone on for many months.
“It was a confusing set of events and he was concerned another person may be in danger.
“The landlord was phoned and the police were called and there were attempts to engage with the authorities.
“He knows his behaviour was unacceptable, especially when other people were around.
“It is, perhaps, not as bad as it seems at first blush.”
WHAT WAS THE SENTENCE?
Virk, formerly of Evington, was given a six month jail sentence, suspended for 15 months.
He was placed on an electronically monitored three-month curfew at an address in Lee Circle, in the city centre, between 9pm and 6am.
The judge ordered Virk to pay £225 compensation for the damaged door.