A rare video: Two men duelling with machetes. Technically, one is using a “zombie knife”, a name which is really nothing more than a marketing gimmick. It isn’t much shorter than the opponent’s machete and appears to have a thicker spine.
This video is important because it demonstrates two things:
- Unarmed methods such as striking, grappling and ground fighting still matter and can be pivotal, even when blades are in the fight;
- Inflicting severe wounds might not be enough to stop a determined opponent.
News article with added photos of injuries – *GRAPHIC*
Zombie knife and machete used in broad daylight street brawl in Morecambe
Two men have been jailed over a broad daylight street fight which saw one of them slashed in the neck.
A machete and zombie knife were used in the “terrifying” brawl which broke out on a quiet estate in Morecambe. Horrified onlookers watched in shock as John Reid and David Jowett fought with the deadly weapons last May.
Footage of the incident was recorded by one witness and was played at Preston Crown Court today as the pair were sentenced for wounding each other and making threats with the weapons. The court heard that Jowett arrived at Reid’s home on Bartholomew Road after an earlier incident at the Station pub. Details of that earlier incident could not be agreed by either party and as such, the cause of the violent and bloody brawl remains unknown to the courts.
WARNING – GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF INJURIES
Footage of the brawl showed the two men carrying the weapons, with Jowett already having blood pouring down his neck from the earlier slash. They follow each other around the street, eventually striking the weapons against each other, causing Reid to drop his knife. Jowett then discards his own weapon before continuing to assault Reid with his fists and another man aims a kick at Reid before they leave him at the scene.
The origin of the zombie knife also remains uncertain, with Reid bringing it from his house but denying it was his. Instead, he said it was brought to the scene by the group who accompanied Jowett but had left it when he was assaulted inside his home. That version of events was not accepted as fact by Judge Richard Archer. The machete had been brought by someone from Jowett’s group but had been legitimately owned for their work in landscape gardening.
Prosecuting, Anna Bond said that Jowett had no previous convictions, while Reid has 31 from 13 offences but none for violent offences. She said that Jowett had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and threatening with an offensive weapon in a public place, while Reid was found guilty after trial of the lesser offence of unlawful wounding and the same threats offence.
Defending Jowett, Stephen Wood said that the incident was completely out of character for a man who had previously never been reprimanded, cautioned or arrested. He said he had used his time well in custody since the arrest and pointed to glowing reports both from those who knew him personally and those who had encountered him during his time at HMP Preston.
Mr Wood said: “He knows he has not only let down himself, he has let down his family as well. A law abiding family who do not condone what he has done but continue to stand by him.”
He said that Jowett had the chance to inflict serious injury when Reid dropped his weapon, but instead chose to drop his own as well. He added that Jowett is genuinely remorseful, is unlikely to commit another offence in the future and offers no risk to the general public.
Defending Reid, Christopher Hudson said the incident was “terrifying” for anyone who witnessed it. He described Reid’s actions as “excessive self-defence” and described his client as mentally and physically vulnerable, backed up by a doctor’s evidence given to the trial which stated he struggled more than others when under pressure.
Mr Hudson said that Reid had reacted in fear of being seriously hurt when Jowett arrived at his home with the other men and that the weapon was brought by them.
Sentencing, Judge Archer said that “it would have been particularly frightening for anyone to have witnessed” and that it is not clear what the motivation for the fight was. He continued: “But I do contend that something must have happened to make you, Mr Jowett, go to Mr Reid’s house and to cause you, Mr Reid, to arm yourself with a zombie knife and slash him to the neck”.
The judge said there was no alternative but immediate custody and sentenced Jowett, of Lyndon Avenue, to 25 months in prison. Reid, of Bartholomew Road, was jailed for two years.