An obsessed former client of South Tyneside’s coroner threatened to chop the lawyer’s head off.
David Wind called 999 and told the operator that he would “hack off” Terence Carney’s head if the police didn’t stop him.
The solicitor, no longer practising criminal law, had represented the 45-year-old in court cases in the past, South Tyneside magistrates heard.
Officers were sent to Wind’s home in Tweed Street, Hebburn, and found a collection of combat knives, machetes, smoke grenades and flares.
He was arrested and pleaded guilty to using a public network to make a malicious communication.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was well known to the police and social services before this as he has mental health problems.
“He lives on his own and is a paranoid schizophrenic.
“On Tuesday, he called 999 and said ‘I’m going to hack Terence Carney’s head off if the police don’t come round. I need help.’
“Officers went to his house and arrested him. There they found an array of army weapons, all kept legally and in cases.”
Mrs Smith told magistrates that when Wind was arrested, he told police that he wanted to call a mental health crisis team but had no credit on his mobile phone, so he rang 999 instead.
She added: “I’m asking for a restraining order to keep him away from Mr Carney as he seems to have some kind of fixation with him.”
The court heard that Wind was already subject to a community order after being convicted of two counts of criminal damage last year for smashing the windows of Mr Carney’s office in Station Road, Hebburn.
Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said: “He collected military items from World War Two. They were in display cabinets.
“He likes them and has bought them legitimately. You can walk into shops and buy such things. You don’t need any identification and there are no checks done on you. It is entirely legal.
“Mr Carney has helped him numerous times in the past but no longer practises as a defence solicitor.
“I don’t know if he is doing this because Mr Carney is no longer there to help him.”
Magistrates made a restraining order banning Wind from contacting the coroner or going to his office. He was also given a 12-month supervision order, with £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Chairwoman of the bench Lorraine Montgomerie said: “You threatened to decapitate Mr Carney, and you have two previous offences against him for damaging his office.”
She ordered that the seized weapons be destroyed.
Speaking from the dock, Wind promised not to buy any more weaponry.
“I’m not going to get any more,” he said. “I’ll just get hats and badges and things like that from now on.”