Man admits to machete affray.
Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A MAN who "brandished a machete" at police in an armed incident is facing sentence for a string of offences.
Daniel Robert Meir, 20, denied three charges at Teesside Crown Court on Friday.
He denied aggravated burglary of a home on Richardson Road, central Stockton "with intent to do unlawful violence", in which it was alleged he had machete.
He also denied assaulting a woman and intimidating her by sending a text message.
He pleaded guilty to affray - using or threatening unlawful violence. The alleged offences were all dated to May 25.
Prosecutor David Crook said the plea was acceptable and the affray offence included an assault and the possession of a machete.
He said Meir had also admitted "a batch of offences arising from this incident" at magistrates' court.
He added: "That includes an affray where, when the police officers went to arrest him, he brandished a machete at them."
Meir, of Honeysuckle Court, Norton, appeared in court via video link to Holme House Prison and will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, adjourned sentence and remanded Meir in custody.
He told Meir he had the "good sense" to admit the affray and no further evidence would be offered on the other three denied charges.
He said: "It's in your interests that all matters be dealt with at the same time."
He ordered a pre-sentence report, warning that should not lead Meir to think he would not receive a prison sentence.
"It just means the judge will have all options available to him or her," he added.
Police were called at around 11.30am on May 25 after reports of a man allegedly carrying a weapon in the area.
He was believed to be in a park close to the A1027, known locally as the blue bridge.
Police dogs and the force helicopter were drafted in during the incident which ended just before 1pm.
Trains were initially stopped between Stockton and Billingham while the investigation was carried out.
| Police attending the incident in Norton