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Teen armed himself with hockey stick and knife to attack brother
A TEENAGER armed himself with a hockey stick and a fishing knife as he went hunting for his brother to "cave his head in", a court heard.
Luke Ridley later told police he wanted to do grievous bodily harm after a family fall-out and planned to stab anyone who tried to stop him.
Details of the feud emerged when 18-year-old Ridley appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday and faced jail for the rampage last month.
The court heard how he left his mother's home in Northallerton and went looking for his brother Joseph at the home of their sister Hattie.
He hurled a rock through a window and when the occupants came out, swung the hockey stick at his brother, said prosecutor Jonathan Walker.
The victim, his sister and a passer-by disarmed the teenager after a struggle, during which Mr Ridley was cut on the hand by the multi-tool knife.
Mr Walker said the attacker also tried to grab and bite his face before being restrained as police arrived on the scene in the town's Orchard Grove.
Matthew Donkin, mitigating, said Ridley had put on hold plans to study a mechanics course at college in Darlington until after his case.
The teenager, of Bankhead Close, Northallerton, was given a 12-month community order with supervision, and 100 hours of unpaid work.
He admitted charges of criminal damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two of possessing an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing.
Judge Tony Briggs described the drama as "an inexplicable over-reaction" and told Ridley: "This could easily have ended in tragedy."
He added: "I am sure you have had the opportunity of reflecting on this unfortunate incident, and you have got a lot to thank your family for.
"This could have ended up really unpleasantly, and with you facing extremely serious charges. Happily, you are not, and it seems to be out of character."
After his arrest, Ridley told police he had never been as angry in his life and took out the knife because he wanted to kill someone.
He said he wanted to "cave Joe's head in" and stab anyone who got in his way, said Mr Walker.