Joshua Taylor, 25, insisted that “I am a nice guy” but police may need a bit more supportive evidence. Taylor threatened to put his housemate’s head on a spear and went on a rampage with a machete. Taylor has 24 convictions for 48 crimes, including for public order and criminal damage.
Police responded to a call over the threat to the housemate, but Taylor was next seen three hours later when he was swinging a machete at a group of men. He then reportedly smashed windows at the police station with the machete. He then is accused of damaging two windows at the Dust n Bones tattoo parlor. It took a helicopter and a manhunt to find him.
He later claimed that this drink was spiked and claimed no memory of the events.
He asked that he not be judged by his tattoo in a colloquy with Recorder Jason Taylor (no relation): “I am so sorry. I did not mean anything, my intention was not to hurt anyone. Someone spiked my drink . . . I am a nice guy. Do not frown upon my tattoos. I have spent time meditating, I am trying to do well. I am so sorry. I did not mean anything, my intention was not to hurt anyone. Someone spiked my drink.”
The judge or the recorder responded: “I do not judge you by your tattoos. The fact remains that for the threats to kill and the possession of a blade only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.”
Taylor then gave Taylor a total sentence of 28 months to end a truly bizarre case.