The father and daughter had a difficult relationship. But when she recently bumped into him, she felt he was acting completely normal and invited him to her apartment.
A teenage daughter is left "shaken and scared" after inviting her father home and then seeing him turn violent inside her apartment. The 18-year-old had a difficult relationship with her father and was taken away from him earlier because of his drug use. Recently, the daughter bumped into her father unexpectedly when she went out to meet her brother. "On arrival to meet him, she noticed her father had driven her brother to the meeting point," said prosecutor Rosalind Emsley-Smith, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
When the daughter saw their conversation going normally, she decided to invite her brother and father over to her apartment, where she lives along with her boyfriend in the UK. It was only when they all came back to her apartment when her 43-year-old father, Michael Fannon, began acting differently.
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"Once inside, the defendant became abusive and aggressive, looking around and threatening to take items," Emsley-Smith told the Manchester Crown Court. "He went into her bedroom and slammed himself into the bed causing it to break. He also picked her laptop up and started swinging it around by the cable." The daughter asked her father to stop, but he replied saying: "I’ll take it if I want to take it." At some point, Michael returned the laptop back to the bedroom but threatened his daughter by saying: "If I want to take something I’ll take it, you’re just a kid."
Michael's aggressive and threatening behavior continued until he pulled out a handgun from his trousers and started waving it around. Pointing the gun at different things around him, Michael also said he wanted to kill himself. "Tell me what you want," the daughter pleaded with him. Her father replied, "If you think this is bad, I’ll go get my real thing." The daughter and her boyfriend were afraid but eventually realized that it was an imitation firearm that was in Michael's hand. They tried to wrestle it out of his hands before finally calling the police.
That day, the father made it out of the apartment with a PlayStation 4 and a Dyson fan. He was arrested a few days later at his house. After the incident that took place in December 2020, the daughter released a statement and said she felt "shaken and scared." Her father's behavior made her feel "terrified," and now she is "unable to sleep" and feels unsafe in her own home.
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"I feel like I have let myself down for allowing him to come to my house and being intimidated by him as I know how violent he is," the 18-year-old said. As court proceedings went on, Michael pleaded guilty to offences of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
"Your behaviour on December 27 last year was bizarre and frightening to your daughter and her boyfriend," said Judge Nicholas Dean QC. "It’s very difficult to understand what caused you to behave in the way that you did. Even your own son was concerned by your behaviour and shocked by it. It’s clear you have little understanding of what caused you to behave in the way that you did."
Michael was given a jail sentence of 15 months.
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