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Man jailed for chainsaw 'attack'
A man who attacked a fellow pub-goer with a chainsaw in the centre of Lincoln has been jailed for 15 months.

Darren Reidy, 39, was caught on CCTV as he took the chainsaw out of a car boot and chased his would-be victim.

Portuguese immigrant Bruno Mos was injured when he fell over twice trying to escape, but the saw was never actually started.

The fight began after a row between two rival groups that were ejected from the same bar, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

'Only pretending'

Reidy was sentenced for affray and wounding in relation to the attack, which happened 18 months after he was released from a 10-year term for attempted murder after beating a man unconscious.

Cat Sjolin, prosecuting, said the attack happened 200 yards from Lincoln High Street in the Dogma bar.

Reidy, his brother Anthony and their friend Darren Parsley headed down an alleyway while Mr Mos and his friends remained near the bar.

The Portuguese group then ran down the alleyway before Reidy went to his brother's car, fetched the chainsaw and started to pursue Mr Mos.

He later told police he only pretended to start the chainsaw, which was never actually fired up during the incident in the early hours of 20 February.

Reidy, of Foss Bank, Lincoln, was also sentenced to three months, to run consecutively, for a bail offence.

Parsley, 34, of Napier Street, Lincoln, was given 100 hours' community punishment for affray.

The case against Anthony Reidy, 40, was dropped.


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