Builder who threatened man with samurai sword in Kettering avoids jail sentence

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A Kettering man who threatened a man with an ornamental samurai sword has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

James Batten, aged 29, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he was charged with affray following an incident outside his property.

The court heard that a man who had been in a short relationship with Batten’s girlfriend came round to the pair’s address in Kettering on May 30 last year.

Joey Kwong, prosecuting, said Batten opened the door and then threatened the man with a samurai sword.

After grabbing the sword to try and prevent himself getting injured, the victim suffered a series of small cuts to his fingers.

Paul Webb, mitigating, said his client was “extremely remorseful” for what he had done and would “never have behaved like that with the benefit of hindsight.”

Mr Webb said Batten had grabbed an ornamental samurai sword that was on the wall near to the front door.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Batten to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years. He must complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay £300 compensation to the victim. He must also pay £1,200 costs.