A MAN who carried a crossbow through the city centre and near a children’s playground has been jailed.
Shaun Deakin was seen with the crossbow on Ings Road and pointed it at a man on the afternoon of Saturday, November 19.
By the time officers arrived he was close to a children’s play area and had a “vacant expression on his face”.
At Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Richard Smith said Deakin of Arundel Close, Wakefield, told officers he had been hypnotised and that it was his intention to bin the crossbow as it was not working.
Mr Smith said the man who reported the incident felt threatened as Deakin was staring at him as he walked past and had pointed the crossbow at him.
Deakin, 31, pleaded guilty to affray in April and was sentenced on Tuesday for the incident and two counts of burglary.
The court also heard how Deakin had broken into the United Reformed Church in Knottingley twice within a couple of weeks.
On August 22 last year he stole a vacuum cleaner, stereo, speakers and £66 in cash. Then sometime between September 2 and 3, he returned to the same church and stole another stereo and toaster.
Simon Batiste, mitigating, said: “Clearly this is a man who has significant mental health issues.”
Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC jailed Deakin for nine months.