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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Cumbrian man cleared of Samurai sword threat

A man accused of threatening another with a Samurai sword in a row over a woman has been found not guilty.

Related: Cumbrian accused denies chasing man down street with Samurai sword

Owen Drumm, 23, was cleared of both the charges he faced – affray and carrying an article with a blade in a public place – at the end of a three-day trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Mr Drumm was accused of running down the street at Aaron Humphries with the sword after they confronted each other in a 2am showdown in Harpur Place, Thornhill, near Egremont.

The two men, who had been friends, had fallen out after Mr Humphries accused Mr Drumm of sending sexual text messages to his girlfriend, Helen Brady.

Mr Drumm admitted going out into his garden with the sword, but insisted he had no intention of using it.

He said he only wanted to frighten Mr Humphries away from outside his parents’ house.

And he denied chasing him down the street with it raised above his head.

He said he was outside for only 10 seconds and never left his garden.

The incident arose after the two men fell out over messages that Mr Humphries claimed Mr Drumm had sent about Ms Brady.

They used a social networking website to arrange to meet for a fight in the street where both Mr Drumm and Ms Brady live.

But, Mr Drumm said, when he looked out of his window to see if Mr Humphries was there as arranged he saw that two other men were with him.

“He said he would come on his own to meet me outside my house but there was him and his brother and another lad walking towards my gate, so I picked up the sword and went outside,” he said.

“I had no intention of doing anything at all with the sword. I just wanted to make them go away.”

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