A Watford man has been banned from his home for five years after threatening a neighbour with an axe.
St Albans Crown Court heard on Thursday, August 13, that Andrew Faggetter, 43, swung the axe around shouting: “I am going to kill you. I am going to get this axe and put it between your eyes.”
Prosecutor Alex Kettle-Williams played footage that showed Faggetter throw the axe into the neighbour’s garden before a lifting a fence panel and going in.
The neighbour retreated into his house in Moor View, Watford while Faggetter went to his window and continued shouting and gesticulating as the man, his wife and three-year-old child looked on.
In a victim impact statement, the neighbour said: “I thought I was going to die. I still have nightmares.”
He said his wife suffers anxiety and the daughter asks if the ‘naughty man’ will come back.
Faggetter, now of Hagden Lane, Watford pleaded guilty to affray.
Defending, Arthur Kendrick said Faggetter had the axe out as he was cutting down a tree. He said he accepted he had made threats but did not realise there was a child in the house.
He said Faggetter, who works as a mobile fitter for large vehicles, has shown remorse.
Judge Caroline Wigin told him the victims did not feel safe in their own home.
She gave him a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He must carry out 10 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £750 compensation.
In addition, the judge made a five-year restraining order banning him from going to Moor View and having contact with the victims.