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Axe-wielding man avoids jail after being seen with weapon in Brackley

A man has appeared in court to admit possession of an axe in Brackley town centre. Leyton Gondrez, 32, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months after appearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, September 26 after a guilty plea.

He was also ordered to undergo a six-month alcohol treatment period, complete a maximum of 25 days of rehabilitation activity, and also complete 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. On January 20, Northamptonshire Police received a 999 call reporting a man was in Market Place with an axe.

Gondrez, of Winston Crescent, Brackley, was found inside a room at the Crown Hotel after staff managed to remove the weapon. He was arrested and on the way to custody was verbally abusive to officers, calling one a homophobic slur.

Gondrez was charged with one count of possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place, and one public order offence. He admitted one count of using threatening behaviour to cause harassment at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on July 20.

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Due to undergo a trial on the weapons charge, he changed his plea to guilty in September. Gondrez was also given a concurrent suspended sentence for the public order offence, with a further 20 hours of unpaid work ordered to be completed for this matter. He was also ordered to pay £310 in costs and a £154 victim surcharge, with a collection order made.

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