A MAN who took revenge on his bosses after being sacked has been sentenced.
In what was described by James Neary, prosecuting, as “a malicious act of retribution by a disgruntled employee” Ian Firth smashed two large windows in the offices of estate agent Peter Large in Prestatyn.
Several of the company’s “For Sale” signs were also damaged outside houses in the area and superglue was put in the locks on the office doors.
Then, in an unconnected attack, Firth, of Profitt Terrace, Gwespyr, caused more than £6,500 worth of damage to a car owned by Karen Hughes which was parked outside her home.
Mr Neary told Prestatyn magistrates that Firth, 34, was employed by estate agents Peter Large until August, 2011, when he was sacked after a complaint about his aggressive behaviour.
There then followed a series of incidents at the company’s premises, culminating in the windows being smashed on April 21, 2012. More than £900 worth of damage was caused but at the time there were no arrests made.
In a separate incident Firth was involved in an incident in Prestatyn High Street in November when his car 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 Neary told the court that on March 22 Firth had gone to the home of the Nissan driver, Karen Hughes, and was seen by her daughter kicking and punching the car. Virtually every panel of the car was damaged and he also scratched an abusive word in the paintwork.
On June 22 Firth 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 her mother’s car and Firth was arrested.
He initially denied damaging the vehicle but his blood was found on one of the panels. He claimed it was there from a previous incident in which he had been assaulted, and went on to describe the allegations about damaging Mrs Hughes’ car as “absolute rubbish”.
However, three weeks ago Firth pleaded guilty to two charges of causing criminal damage and he was given a total of 20 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.
He was also made subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting the Hughes family or entering their street. He is also barred from entering any of Peter Large’s offices.
He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation too Mrs Hughes and £300 to the estate agent.
Dafydd Roberts, representing Firth, said he was an industrious, hard-working man who had suffered from depression in recent years because of problems with employment, relationships and finance after a breakdown 15 years ago.
“These were unpleasant offences – there is no doubt about that – and there is no excuse for his actions, ” he said.