53 year old man to spend 21 months behind bars following arrest for a violent attack in Haslemere
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A 53-year-old man will spend 21 months behind bars after he was arrested for a violent attack in Haslemere.
Stephen Evans, 53 of no fixed address pleaded guilty to affray, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon (bladed article), possession of class B controlled drug (herbal cannabis) and threatening behaviour.
The court heard how shortly before 3:30am at an address in Lion Mead, Haslemere on Tuesday (20 August, 2019) Evans tried to force his way into the home of a retired couple who got caught in the middle of a feud between a group of youths who sought refuge in their home.
Evans was sentenced to 21 months at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (14 May).
Detective Constable Kerry Plumb, who investigated the incident, said: “This incident was truly shocking for the victims concerned. They did an honourable thing and took in some youths who sought refuge at their home after a previous incident at another address.
“They later found themselves caught in the middle of a violent feud between Evans and the girls and boys they had innocently taken in.
“Evans arrived at the victims’ address in Haslemere and started using threatening behaviour to try and force his way into their home. Evans repeatedly kicked their front door and attempted to use a knife to get inside.
“It was only when the victims’ son left the address via a side door that he managed to get Evans to stop.
“Evans then proceeded to threaten the victims’ son with a knife before discarding it in a bush when Police arrived.
“Evans’ behaviour that day was not only terrifying but it’s left a significant lasting impact on the victims who are still recovering from it.”