A CHELMSLEY Wood man who threatened a hotel manager with a machete after he and his friends had been turned away from a private party has been jailed.
Isaiah Beard had denied charges of affray and possessing a bladed article, a machete, at the Digby Hotel in Water Orton in June last year.
But a jury at Warwick Crown Court found the 28-year-old of Newnham House, Sheppey Drive, Chelmsley Wood, guilty of both charges and was jailed for 18 months.
Prosecutor Ramya Nagesh told the jury: “The allegation is that this defendant used or threatened unlawful violence and was in possession of a machete.
“Both arise out of one incident which started on Saturday June 4, 2016 when Mr Beard went to a public house, the Digby Hotel, where Gary Clarke is the manager.
“He had seen Beard before a couple of times, but there was a private function that evening, and Beard and his friends were dressed inappropriately, so he decided not to allow them entry.
“Mr Beard should have simply walked away, but instead he went to the car park and returned with a black gym bag, from which he took out a machete and began to wave it around.”
Miss Nagesh said that Mr Clarke tried to reason with him and to get him to calm down and leave – but Beard responded by shouting: “I’ll cut you, I’ll chop you.”
Beard then went with his friends back to the car park, but he continued pacing around and waving the machete in a threatening manner before leaving.
He was not arrested until some months later, and Mr Clarke then attended an identity procedure at which he picked him out, added Miss Nagesh.
Giving evidence, Beard denied being responsible for the incident, claiming he was not even at the hotel that night and that it was a case of mistaken identity.
His barrister Blondel Thompson suggested that Mr Clarke could have been mistaken when he picked out Beard.