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A drug user who terrified two Coventry families by trying to get into their homes while hallucinating has been jailed for 21 months.
John Bottrill, 33, of Tresillian Road, Exhall, had taken magic mushrooms and was carrying a knife when he tried to get into two different homes.
Bottrill appeared for sentence at Coventry Crown Court yesterday, having admitted two counts of affray.
Lawrence Watts, prosecuting, said Bottrill arrived at a home in Castle Close, Cheylesmore, in December.
Mr Watts said: "The front door was closed but unlocked. This defendant burst in, saying 'I'm coming, I'm coming, they're after me'.
"Quite who 'they' were or what 'they' were about is perhaps attributable to the magic mushrooms."
Bottrill grabbed a man in the house, pushing him against a wall. The man's son came downstairs and they threw the intruder out. Bottrill then moved to a home in Maidavale Crescent, Styvechale, where he shouted 'let me in, I'm being chased'. The family called the police.
While in the back garden, Bottrill picked up a garden tool and threw it at the back doors, which smashed.
Mr Watts said: "The victim was worried about this man's bizarre behaviour. He picked up a chair to try to push the defendant out.
"The victim's children, 11 and 14, were also in the house. It was then it was noticed he had a gold-handled lock knife and was brandishing it. The knife was closed, but it was obvious what it was."
Police arrived and attempted to restrain Bottrill after he threw a chair at officers. One policewoman suffered a bite to her hand and a cut head. CS gas had no effect on him.
John Price, defending, said taking magic mushrooms had not caused Bottrill to become violent before.
Recorder Peter Ross told Bottrill: "You were someone who, through long-standing connections with the drug world, will have been aware of the possible effects of so-called magic mushrooms.
"You knew they were a hallucinogenic drug and could produce symptoms of psychosis and paranoia.
"What you did that night was undoubtedly terrifying."