Norwich man cleared of affray and threatening people with a combat knife

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Friday, May 9, 2014
12:52 PM

A man was cleared of threatening occupants of a house in Magdalen Road, Norwich, while armed with a “Rambo-style” combat knife or machete.

The jury at Norwich Crown Court found him not guilty of affray and having an article with a blade,

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A man thanked the jury after he was cleared of threatening occupants of a house in Norwich while armed with a “Rambo-style” combat knife or machete.

Stuart Stanger, 48, is alleged to have walked into the house on Magdalen Road, in Norwich, and threatened the occupants they were going to “die one by one.”

Stanger, of Magdalen Road, was found not guilty of affray and having an article with a blade or point on August 28 following a trial at Norwich Crown Court,

He had denied the charges.

The jury took about five hours to return not guilty verdicts and after he was cleared Stanger thanked members of the jury from the dock.

Stanger had denied he had any malice towards the occupants, and told the jury he had only gone round to address to find out why one of the occupants at the house had told him to “watch his back”.

He said at no stage was he armed with a machete or large knife.

He told the jury: “I never threatened anyone’s life.”

He said that he “walked away from trouble” and thought they might have made up the allegations against him as a way to get criminal compensation.

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