Flint man cleared over harassment claim

Published date: 23 December 2013 |
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A BUSINESSMAN who found himself in court charged with harassment over an alleged debt has been cleared.

Russell White, of Oakenholt Lane, Flint, who runs his own energy company in Mold, was accused in October of harassing former business associate Paul Fowler at Buckley between May and July.

He pleaded not guilty and the case was sent to Mold Crown Court where the prosecution offered no evidence against him and he was formally found not guilty.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said it was never alleged Mr White had been to the complainant’s home. The allegation was that he had sent another man, Michael Roberts, to the house on his behalf.

While Mr White, 46, admitted doing that, he totally denied he had asked Roberts to use threats or violence.

In his interview, Mr White had said he had specifically requested he remain polite at all times.

The prosecution had decided it could not prove Mr White played a part in the allegation of harassment and had decided to offer no evidence against him.

The judge formally recorded a not guilty verdict in his case.

Following a discussion between the prosecution, defence and Judge Rhys Rowlands, about the proceedings against two other men, the case against them was put back for a week.

Michael Terence Roberts, 32, of Allt Celyn, Flint, faces a charge of harassment. Lee Andrew Sorrentino, 30, of Kingsbury Close, Flint, is charged with making a threat to kill Mr Fowler.

The charges follow prosecution allegations Mr Fowler was told on July 23 he would be killed and his home would be bombed.

Both Roberts and Sorrentino were bailed on condition they do not enter Buckley.

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