A “stark naked” chef armed with knives chased two men who had been in his flat down a road in Wrexham.
Mold Crown Court heard that Alun Read, 35, had been asleep in his flat when he had been suddenly awoken by the two men who had thrown a duvet over him.
Read, of Bradley Road, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place on August 18 last year.
But Judge Niclas Parry said the mitigation was “enormous” and sentenced Read to three months prison, suspended for 12 months. He ordered him to complete 60 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 towards costs.
David Mainstone, prosecuting, said Read had been out drinking in Wrexham with Gareth Jones and Jack Williams the night before.
Read and Williams lived in the same block in different bedsits.
Read had left to go home early and later that evening Jones and Williams returned to the bedsits and wanted to collect some items from Read’s flat.
They knocked on the door but got no answer and could see through a window that Read was asleep on the bed.
When they could get no response they decided to go into the flat where they saw Read asleep, naked on the bed. They threw a duvet over him but he awoke suddenly and punches were exchanged.
As the two men left Mr Mainstone said: “Read went into the kitchen and pulled two knives from the kitchen drawer and ran out stark naked, coming towards them swinging the knives.”
Jones received a minor cut to the hand and the confrontation was caught on CCTV and police were alerted.
When interviewed Read claimed he had been punched while he was still asleep.
Andrew Green, defending, said: “The court needs to send a clear signal that knives in public are unacceptable. But I would submit there are features which mean this case is not run of the mill.
“This incident was created by others when they went into his bedsit which was his home.”
He accepted Read had “gone too far” but there had been an intrusion into his home and punches exchanged. Read was an extremely hard working man, working long hours as a chef, six days a week.
Judge Parry said: “There has probably never been greater concern about the right of the individual to protect his own home, but there is a boundary which must not be crossed.
“I find there was undoubted provocation by people who behaved appallingly, but the line was crossed when you carried on the chase with weapons.
“The papers of North Wales are full of recent tragedies where people who did not intend severe harm caused it because they took weapons into a public place when blood was high and people have lost reason.”