A FORMER estate agent took revenge on his bosses after being sacked – and then on a witness in a court case against him.
Prestatyn magistrates heard Ian Firth, of Profitt Terrace, Gwespyr, put superglue in the locks at the Peter Large estate agents, damaged several ‘For Sale’ signs and smashed two of the office’s windows after being laid off.
Then, in an unconnected attack, he caused more than £5,700 worth of damage to a car owned by Karen Hughes which was parked outside her home.
Prosecutor Peter Humphrey Jones said Firth, 34, was employed by Peter Large until August, 2011, when he was dismissed following a complaint from a customer about aggressive behaviour.
A series of incidents followed at the firm’s offices, with the windows being smashed on April 21, 2012.
More than £900 worth of damage was caused but no one was arrested at that time.
In November last year, Firth was then involved in an incident in Prestatyn High Street when he collided with a Nissan Qashqai but drove off, almost hitting two pedestrians as he mounted the pavement.
In May, Firth pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to stop after an accident.
But Mr Humphrey Jones told the court that on March 22 Firth went to the home of the Nissan driver Karen Hughes and was seen by her daughter kicking and punching the car. He also scratched an abusive word in the paintwork.
“Virtually every panel was damaged,” he said.
On June 22, Firth then followed Mrs Hughes into the Morrisons store in Rhyl and took her photograph, referring to her civil claim for damages for injuries sustained in the collision.
Mrs Hughes’ daughter recognised him as the man responsible for vandalising the car and Firth was then arrested.
He initially denied damaging the vehicle but his blood was found on one of the panels.
“The common feature is that both were revenge attacks,” said Mr Humphrey Jones.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of causing criminal damage and his solicitor Dafydd Roberts told the court he had had mental health problems for some time, for which he was receiving help and medication.
The magistrates adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and chairman David Subachi said that all sentencing options were being kept open.