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Swastikas sprayed on Pentre Maelor post office walls

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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A MAN who sprayed Nazi swastikas on the walls of a post office where the postmaster is of German descent has been branded a “disgrace”.

Andrew Charles Davies, of Pilgrim Way, Pentre Maelor, pleaded guilty to painting the swastikas on the Pentre Maelor post office in Bridgeway East, in an act of racially aggravated criminal damage on February 15.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard how Davies, 45, had been involved in a long standing dispute with Rowland Schleising, who runs the post office.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said: “Their disagreement goes back six years and there have been ongoing incidents since, which led to Mr Schleising refusing to serve Davies.

“The day before the incident they had seemed to patch up their differences and declared themselves friends.

“The next day Mr Schleising arrived at the building to find it daubed with four swastikas, accompanied by smiley faces and a message saying ‘thank you’.

“CCTV footage was reviewed and showed the defendant spraying the shop, which he admitted to police later on, adding he was aware the hate symbol could cause offence.

“He told police he did it to gain attention and annoy Mr Schleising because he had refused to serve him.”

In a victim impact statement, Mr Schleising said: “I believe it was done because of my German name.

“The signs I take offence to even though I’m Welsh. The customers notice them.

“The property is owned by the council and one of the signs will have to be professionally removed.”

Sentencing was adjourned until April 11 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

District Judge Gwyn Jones said: “I cannot let something as hateful and disgraceful as this go with just a fine.

“A pre-sentence report is needed to clarify how serious this man’s views are in this day and age.”

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