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Men jailed for brandishing swords in front of children

Two men have been jailed for brandishing swords in front of terrified children during a confrontation in Chatham. In June, Robert Dewar and Christopher Coburn emerged from their homes with swords, after a child’s plastic hula hoop had rolled into Dewar’s car, which was parked on the same street.

In front of other children playing outside they approached the child’s mother and threatened to damage her partner’s car. Coburn waved a two feet long sword above his head, whilst Dewar was also holding a sword.

Coburn, 59, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for affray, and was also given an eight month sentence for having an offensive weapon. Dewar, 46, was jailed for 8 months after pleading guilty to having an offensive weapon.

Although no one was injured this incident happened in full view of a group of children who were playing in the area, many of whom were left very scared and in tears. These sentences serve as a reminder to anyone that we will not tolerate violent and aggressive behaviour, whether it occurs within the home or in public."

– Detective Constable Dave Preston, Kent Police