A person who attacked an ice-cream van and threatened its proprietor with a Samurai sword in entrance of “screaming, crying” youngsters has been jailed for 32 months.
Drunk and excessive on cocaine, Jamie Tickle climbed into Nuntaporn Watkinson’s van and waved the weapon as she was serving three youngsters in Haydock, Merseyside.
Having dumped the sword, Tickle, 32, hid behind bins earlier than police arrested him shortly after the assault on 1 July.
He was jailed at Liverpool Crown Courtroom for affray and possession of a weapon.
Decide Stephen Everett mentioned the incident “got here out of the blue and we might by no means unravel why he did what he did”.
He mentioned though no-one was injured, the assault induced “psychological devastation”.
And he mentioned he was uncertain whether or not Tickle absolutely understood the seriousness of what he had accomplished.
The court docket had earlier heard that Ms Watkinson had been working at The Rides in Haydock when Tickle, of Central Drive within the city, approached her on 1 July, carrying a three-foot (90cm) lengthy sword.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman mentioned: “This was a really terrible incident that befell on a busy suburban avenue in broad daylight, in full view of various youngsters.”
Mrs Watkinson, who has since returned to work, mentioned that whereas she was “terrified” of being killed, her “largest worry was for the three youngsters I might been serving… I can hear the kids screaming and crying.”