A judge has ordered a psychiatric report on a young drinker who went out with a bow and arrow to settle a pub argument.
Police were called to the centre of Bampton when alarmed townsfolk saw Rhys Philp walking through the streets armed with a bow and a quiver full of arrows.
By the time officers arrived he had broken to bow without firing an arrow in anger and returned home to arm himself with a pool cue instead.
He set off to seek revenge on a fellow drinker at the Quarryman’s Rest pub who had insulted his family by calling them smackheads, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Philp, aged 22, of Market Close, Bampton, admitted having a bow and arrow and a cue as offensive weapons in the town’s Brook Street on July 6.
Judge John Neligan ordered psychiatric reports after reading a probation pre sentence report which he said raised further concerns.
Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said police were called to the market town shortly after midnight after an alarmed member of the public saw a man armed with a bow and arrow.
He said:”Police arrived and saw a male but he did not have a bow and arrow but instead carried a pool or billiards cue. He went into an alley way and the cue was recovered.
“His home was searched and the bow and arrow recovered, which he said were the property of his father. He told police he was going to put an arrow through the head of a man called Robert Sheen.
“He said he had an exchange with Mr Sheen at the Quarryman’s Rest earlier in the evening because the other man had been slagging off his family as smackheads.
“He said the bow broke so he went back for the cue to replace it.
“The probation pre sentence report notes that he may be experiencing greater mental instability than he is accepting.”
Judge Neligan said:”The report suggests there is no purpose to be served by any community penalty and therefore the alternative is between investigating a medical disposal and a prison sentence.
“To wander around Bampton with a bow and arrows like this looking for someone with whom he has a dispute is a worrying state of affairs and I think I need a psychiatric report.”
Mr Brian Fitzherbert, defending, said Philp has no previous convictions and could be suitable for a suspended sentence.