Enraged man launches violent attack in Darley Dale

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A DRUNKEN man who launched a terrifying attack on a Derbyshire pair has been given a suspended jail term.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Paul Christopher Johnson went “psycho” at a property in Darley Dale.

Armed police, accompanied by dogs, arrested the 42-year-old following a dramatic 12-hour siege.

The court was told Johnson had been out drinking on the night of the incident in March this year.

He went to the property at about 9.15pm and got into an argument with a male.

The male attempted to flee but Johnson followed him, grabbed him by the neck then threw him on to a sofa.

“He had been thrown about five feet,” said prosecutor Sherrall Pickford.

She added the drama continued when Johnson fell into a “major rage” in the kitchen.

He smashed cupboards and fittings, causing £3,000 worth of damage, then picked up a knife and walked towards a woman.

Mrs Pickford said the woman thought Johnson was going to stab her.

She added: “Instead, he turned the blade towards his neck and, looking at the woman, said, ‘push it in.”

“She was petrified.”

The male phoned police, reporting Johnson had gone “psycho” and was brandishing a knife, before he and the woman fled the property.

Johnson, who has previous convictions, admitted two charges of assault and criminal damage at a previous hearing.

In mitigation, Julie Page said Johnson had been struggling since he lost his driving job earlier this year.

She added he was getting help to address alcohol concerns and anger issues.

Mrs Page said: “He’s the first to accept that alcohol played a part in him losing his temper in dramatic style.

“He’s spent a lot of time reflecting on his behaviour following this serious incident and he’s taking steps in the right direction to deal with his issues.”

Johnson, of Neale Road, Halstead, Essex, was handed a 16-week suspended prison sentence and a five-year restraining order last Wednesday.

He was ordered to pay £400 compensation and £485 costs.