Knife-wielding intruder who terrorised people in Barton hill is jailed for six years
AN ARMED man who targeted the home of a man he held a grudge with has been jailed for six years.
Kane Gayle burst into Ahmed Farah's home with a knife, screaming that he would kill him, Bristol Crown Court was told.
After being kicked out Gayle – who was wounded in the neck from an unrelated incident – kicked at the door of Mr Farah's neighbours and terrorised them in a "rage".
Gayle, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, affray and possessing an offensive weapon in October last year.
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He also admitted possessing cocaine and diamorphine, with intent to supply, in June last year.
Judge Michael Roach told him: "You have to accept you must have terrified the people present."
Richard Posner, prosecuting, opened the facts of the case in chronological order.
He said police found £500 worth of drugs at an address where Gayle had been, as well as £150 cash.
The judge ordered that the drugs be destroyed and the money confiscated.
Gayle was on bail when he targeted the home of Mr Farah in a flat at Barton House.
Mr Posner said: "Mr Farah was woken up by loud banging.
"The defendant was standing there, he burst in and he appeared to be under the influence of something.
"He said 'Look what they've done to me' and he had a large, open wound on his neck."
The court was told Mr Farah ejected him from his flat and called an ambulance.
Gayle then kicked and punched the door, said he was going to kill Mr Farah and he was going to get a knife.
At one stage Gayle shouted: "You Somalians, come out, I'll cut your throats!"
Mr Posner said Gayle went but returned with a knife and terrorised Mr Farah's neighbours.
They hid on a balcony as Gayle kicked and stabbed at their front door and managed to "stab" a TV, the court heard.
Kannan Siva, defending, said his remorseful client was a man of previous good character who was ashamed at what he had done.
He said: "It was inexcusable, He was injured earlier on that evening and this was the end of his tether."
The court heard Gayle was pursuing studies in English and Maths and wanted to improve his life and get a job.