A MAN who launched a terrifying meat cleaver attack in a family’s garden has been spared jail.
Colin Cram tried to bring the deadly weapon down on Jordan Kyle’s head during the violent confrontation.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Cram had asked “what you looking at?” as he walked past Mr Kyle’s home at Black Road, Hebburn.
The 57-year-old returned, drunk, early the next morning and launched the violence.
The court heard it was only because Mr Kyle was able to dodge the weapon that he was spared serious injury and suffered just a cut to his finger.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court: “Mr Kyle said if he had not taken evasive action, he believed the defendant would have caused him serious injury.
“He said he was concerned for his partner and her daughter, who were in the house at the time.”
The court heard Mr Kyle and a friend, who was visiting, managed to fend off Cram’s violence using planks of wood.
Mr Kyle told police he was convinced Cram was trying to seriously hurt him in the attack.
Cram, of Hedgley Road, Hebburn, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.
Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You behaved in a disgraceful way, in a way which must have been very frightening.
“You went armed with a meat cleaver and you went looking for trouble there.
“You used that meat cleaver to hit Mr Kyle. Fortunately, he managed to avoid the blow you aimed at his head.”
The judge said Cram’s age and lack of recent convictions meant the sentence could be suspended.
The court heard Cram had a seriously-ill family member at the time of the attack and has a number of personal problems, including alcohol addiction.
Vic Laffey, defending, said: “He accepts without hesitation that the manner in which he acted was entirely unacceptable, and clearly it would have caused a great deal of concern to this man who was confronted on his doorstep.”
Cram had pleaded guilty to affray and having an offensive weapon after the incident, which happened last August.