My escape from chainsaw terror at Hull's Endyke pub (video)
A PUB customer confronted by a man wielding a chainsaw says the attacker should have been given longer behind bars.
Andrew Payne, 49, was the first person to see Dean Dinnen when he stormed into a north Hull pub and attacked drinkers with the petrol-powered chainsaw after he had be thrown out for flouting the smoking ban.
Dinnen, 24, is now beginning a three-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, possessing an offensive weapon, damaging property and affray.
Mr Payne said: "He should have got a longer sentence.
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"He was threatening people with a chainsaw, including my wife.
"He could have killed people that night, it was only because they fought back that nothing worse happened.
"We don't take any rubbish around here."
Mr Payne, a forklift truck driver, said he had been in the Endyke pub in Endike Lane for about an hour with his wife, Dorothy, when he went outside to have a cigarette.
"The first thing I saw was something in the lad's hand as he walked towards me," he said.
"I didn't know him and when he was about 20ft away I heard him start up the chainsaw.
"He came towards me and started waving it above my head.
"If someone asked me now 'What would you do in that situation?' I would say run. But I didn't.
"I just stood there and we stared at each other for about ten seconds. I didn't say anything."
Mr Payne had a lucky escape as Dinnen chose not to attack him, instead smashing through two glass doors to threaten customers.
"After he went in the pub, I followed him and my wife was behind the bar, the barmaid was only a young girl and she was quite scared," Mr Payne said.
"I was standing on the right-hand side of the bar and there was about ten people picking up chairs and throwing them at him.
"It's not the liveliest pub ever, but it was that night.
"When he got outside, he got battered. Someone threw a beer barrel at him and I heard he cracked three ribs."
As reported, armed police swooped on the pub after receiving a call at 11.48pm on August 5 last year.
Victim Andrew Pryor, 32, had been struck on the arm as he tried to help his friend get out the way.
The blade sliced through his muscle and he underwent surgery, taking six weeks off work.