A MAN who threatened a couple with a claw hammer in a row at their home has been spared jail.
Daniel Hayes, 28, brandished the weapon at the property in a row over a drug deal, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.
When the man of the house retreated to the bathroom in fear, he smashed the door with the claw hammer and shouted at the victim.
Now Hayes has been sentenced to 12 months in jail suspended for 18 month after he admitted affray and possessing an offensive weapon at the home in Gorselands Way, Gosport, on May 8.
In his defence, the court heard that Hayes left the property after the woman victim shouted at him to leave on May 8.
Luckily no-one was hurt.
The court was told he had experienced problems with heroin in the past after starting to use the class A drug in prison in 2011.
However on his release from custody in 2012 Hayes had moved away from the area to avoid associating with drug users.
However he relapsed after his baby was taken seriously ill.
Addressing Hayes, Judge Peter Dixon Crabtree OBE, said: ‘You went to the property of the victims and remonstrated over a drug deal it would seem. You didn’t force your way in, I accept that, but you had with you a claw hammer. That is a particularly dangerous item.
‘You, once inside, lost your temper. Your behaviour and use of the claw hammer I have no doubt caused [the victims] fear, and very significant fear.
‘It would seem that the [male victim] retreated to the bathroom as a consequence of your behaviour.
‘I accept, however, that you didn’t use that claw hammer to strike either of those individuals and that you left this flat when you were asked to.’
Hayes must complete a drug rehabilitation requirement was and put under supervision for 18 months.