Ex-Waterloo Road actor threatens family with machete ‘during drug-fuelled rage’

Craig Fitzpatrick has been jailed after he threatened a family while wielding a machete.

The 34-year-old, who once starred in the BBC hit Waterloo Road as Lewis Seddon, headed to the victims' home alongside a relative following a "family dispute".

Fitzpatrick, of the Eldon Street Estate, Manchester, struck the door of his victims – with a blade believed to be 18 inches -before "swinging the machete," reports the Manchester Evening News.

He was sentenced for 18 months after pleading guilty to possession of a bladed article and affray.

Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court was told that Fitzpatrick was "highly intoxicated and under the influence of drugs" on August 27, when the incident took place.

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He told a woman in the house that if the 'family were seen' on their estate 'they would be dead'.

The woman was able to 'push him out' by using a broom.

Speaking to Fitzpatrick via video link, judge, Recorder Mark Ford, said: "You then used the machete to smash windows of the house. The occupants would have been terrified."

A statement on behalf of the family added that they "no longer felt safe in their own home."

Lisa Boocock, prosecuting said that Fitzpatrick had gone to the home and had been assaulted by a member of the family.

The court was told that he had 27 convictions for 49 offences.

Fitzpatrick, who has acting credits including Holby City, was convicted back in 2003 for possession of a bladed article while other convictions include robbery and burglary.

David James, defending, said: "It is not simply an act that occurred out of the blue, or that he instigated himself.

"He is a man who isn't a stranger to the court. He is a man who has a very different mindset from the past.

"He can't change the past but he is trying to work towards the future. He has the maturity to accept his wrongdoings."

Addressing Fitzpatrick who was speaking from HMP Forest Bank, Recorder Ford told the actor: "You said you have the ability to make changes, and those changes are needed. You have the intelligence to put into practice your promises.

"I am aware you are an actor, it has been said that you have been unable to fulfil your potential because of other factors, not least your use of alcohol and other substances and propensity to aggression."

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