Drunken man took samurai sword into Leicester city centre
A drunken man who took a samurai sword into the city centre has been jailed.
Police officers spotted Ben Turland carrying what looked like a pole in St Nicholas Circle at 3am on December 27.
Leicester Crown Court was told a woman was trying to hold him back.
"He appeared to be in an agitated state and the officers formed the impression he was on his way somewhere with it," said Ben Gow, prosecuting.
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He said: "When they approached him, he dropped what he was carrying. They realised it was a samurai sword, inside a sheath.
"He was shouting, 'he ain't getting away with hitting a female'.
"He had clearly been drinking and officers, concerned about the way he was behaving, restrained him with CS spray.
"They had to forcibly handcuff him."
Turland (22), of Ironworks Road, Belgrave, Leicester, was jailed for six months, for possessing a bladed article in a public place, which he admitted.
He also admitted the offence put him in breach of a suspended jail sentence and received a further six weeks to run consecutively.
Esther Harrison, mitigating, said: "When he took the sword on to the street he was acting out of a misguided sense of loyalty, trying to protect his girlfriend.
"Shortly before this he had returned home to find his girlfriend had been beaten up outside her home by a stranger, who had threatened to come back with a knife.
"In an upset state of mind he got the weapon and went out, willing to defend his girlfriend as he saw fit on that night."
The woman trying to restrain him in the street and encourage him to go home with the weapon, was a friend of theirs.
"There was no-one else in the street at the time," said Miss Harrison.
The court heard that on December 10, Turland was given a 12-week suspended jail sentence for common assault upon a taxi driver he had pushed during a disagree-ment.
Sentencing, Judge Hammond said: "The gravity of having a Japanese samurai sword is because they're designed to kill people.
"You can decapitate someone with a samurai sword. They're made to kill people and are terribly dangerous.
"When the police appeared he was threatening to do something to someone. We can't have people carrying blades in the street."