A SUICIDAL man wielding a Samurai sword who threatened a police officer, leaving him fearing for his life, has escaped jail.
PC Andrew Connor told magistrates last month how he was confronted by Northwich man Jordan Kennerley. He said: 'I was in extreme fear for my safety. In four years as a police officer I have never been in a position where I was so scared.'
The 22-year-old, of Mayfield Road, was warned he could be facing a spell behind bars.
But after pleading guilty to affray and criminal damage, he was given 100 hours' unpaid community service, a two-year supervision order and told to pay his victim £40 in compensation. He was also ordered to pay £284 in costs and attend a Think First programme by Chester Crown Court. His sword will be destroyed.
Magistrates heard Kennerley's ex, Emma Howlam, had called police after he became 'aggressive'. He refused to leave her home, where he was still staying as a lodger, and vowed he was going to kill himself so she took her child and called the police.
PC Connor forced his way in and found Kennerley waving a sword and threatening to harm the officer, who had to use CS gas to escape.