A DRUNKEN man threatened to kill police officers, rape their wives and shoot their children.
Mark Bernard Douglas made some of the threats in a police station, including that he would kill officers with a gun or a crossbow, but he escaped with a two year conditional discharge after magistrates were told he was determined to change his ways and go on a rehabilitation course.
Douglas admitted public order offences after two incidents – one outside a school in front of parents and children – and a separate charge of failing to comply with a police officer who wanted to confiscate his alcohol in Brunswick Road, Buckley – a designated alcohol free zone.
An application for him to be made the subject of an ASBO was opposed and that was adjourned for a contested hearing in December.
Douglas, of Princess Avenue, Buckley, was ordered to pay £250 costs.
Helen Tench, prosecuting, said that police were called to The Potter’s Wheel pub at 3.20pm on August 19. Douglas was said to be trying to enter the pub although he was banned.
They found him walking along the High Street. He was drunk and he kept shouting at them to go away.
A woman who said she knew him said she would take him into a nearby house and calm him down but a short time later police were called by CCTV operators who saw him back in the street.
He again shouted at officers to go away and became agitated and abusive. He racially abused police officers and when warned by an officer that he would be arrested, he said: “I will kill you and **** your wife.”
It was then that he threatened to kill two officers, rape their wives and shoot their children.
He refused to get into a police vehicle, head butted the interior of the car when inside and in the police station shouted at staff and said he would burn one’s face off with a red hot poker.
At 3pm on September 6 police received a call to say Douglas was under the influence of alcohol in Brunswick Road. Officers arrived and found him near a primary school. He walked off but as he passed an officer he was abusive and asked him what his problem was and said “this is a conspiracy”.
Douglas was led away from children but was unco-operative and swore at a PCSO and called her a tart. He was shouting and swinging his arms around wildly and went to hit the officer but was restrained.
He was handcuffed and taken to a police car but continued with his behaviour.
Miss Tench said there was a group of about a dozen parents and children nearby.
The parents were trying to shield their children who were frightened.
After his arrest he said: “I am going to kill a f...... copper, I am going to use a gun or a crossbow to kill a copper.”
Damien Sabino, defending, said his client’s behaviour was offensive after he had been drinking but stressed he was charged with public order offences, nothing racial and no threat to kill. He suspected that was because the police and the crown took the view that they did not take seriously what he was saying.
He did not dispute the facts and it was clear his behaviour had deteriorated in recent times but Douglas was probably more of a danger to himself than to anyone else.