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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 (3074602)
Seven-year sentence for man who brandished machete in shopping centre
by Guest

Report by Lynda Roughley

A MAN who chased another around a busy shopping centre in Skelmersdale brandishing a machete and threatening to chop him up has been handed a seven-year sentence.

A judge said he was satisfied that 22-year-old Lewis Rimmer poses a significant risk of causing serious harm and jailed him for four years with an extended licence of three years.

Rimmer, of Harsnips, Skelmersdale, who admitted making threats to kill, affray and breaching his bail, will have to serve two thirds of his jail sentence before he can apply for parole.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that there was a background of bad feeling between him and his intended victim, Robert Crinks after an allegation was made against Rimmer by a member of Mr Crinks’s family, which was never formally pursued.

Late on the afternoon of October 14 last year Robert Crinks was in the Concourse shopping centre in Skelmersdale and as he was going up the escalator he spotted Rimmer who was agitated and shaking and he left the premises.

About half-an-hour later he returned to get a drink and outside he again spotted Rimmer and hid until he and his friends had gone past.

However inside the precinct he saw Rimmer who was carrying a machete with a blade about two foot long and Rimmer shouted at him: “I’m going to kill you.”

Fearing for his life, Mr Crinks ran off pursued by Rimmer past shoppers and children in a play area before Mr Crinks found a security guard.

When arrested a week later after being found hiding in a loft space of a house Rimmer admitted he had chased after his intended victim “to cut him up.”

“He said if he had caught him he would have chopped him up and killed him,” said Bernice Campbell, prosecuting.

Rimmer said he had been “stoned” on cannabis at the time of the incident and the court heard that he claimed he was also under the influence of drugs when interviewed.

Sentencing Rimmer, whose previous convictions include assault, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said that after initially seeing his intended victim he had left and deliberately armed himself with the machete.

“On the second occasion you chase him through the shopping centre brandishing the machete for all the public to see and threatening to kill him,” he said.

“You were determined to catch him up if you could and your intention was to chop him up and kill him. That was your avowed intent which you repeated several times.”

He added, “It is clear you are a dangerous offender.”

Kate Morley, defending, said that Rimmer admits intending to harm Mr Crinks but denies intending to cause serious harm.


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