A MAN who started up a chainsaw before chasing another man along a town street has been made subject to a hospital order.
Mitchell Darren Tutty, 50, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES) following an incident in Appleby on April 27 last year.
That involved Tutty and Robert Simpson, whom he knew. Tutty was said to have started the chainsaw, chased after Mr Simpson and made threats about what he would do with it.
Tutty of Broad Street, Appleby put the chainsaw down and offered to fight Mr Simpson, whose mother then arrived and diffused the situation.
The court heard Tutty, who admitted affray, suffered from mental illness and had spent some time in hospital since the incident. He was making good progress, and it was hoped he could be released into the community after further treatment.
Imposing a hospital order, Judge James Adkin said of the crime: “No doubt it would be a frightening incident to those who had to observe it taking place, in full view of members of the public.”