Rhos man threatened to 'pepper spray' bailiff

Published date: 17 March 2014 |
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A MAN threatened to ‘pepper spray’ a bailiff trying to collect money and cut a padlock to remove a clamp from his car.

Michael David Williams, 44, of Pen Y Wern, Rhos, was at home when Andrew Gregson, a bailiff with Marston Group, visited in order to collect money to pay off an outstanding £936 fine.

Williams, 44, told Mr Gregson, who was wearing a body camera, he was not going to pay the fine and responded angrily when Mr Gregson said he was authorised to clamp a vehicle at the property.

Williams replied: “If you step on my drive, I will ‘pepper spray’ you.”

At Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday, Williams pleaded guilty to criminal damage and using threatening words with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court Mr Gregson got into his van for safety and called the police.

Officers arrived after Williams had left the property but he returned 10 minutes later.

After conducting a search, no pepper spray was found. Williams said he had been holding a can of WD40.

Mr Gregson clamped Williams’ vehicle before leaving the property.

The defendant sent a message to Mr Gregson saying he was going to cut the clamp off, which he then did.

Emma Simoes, defending, said Williams was a self-employed man who needed his car for work.

She added: “There was no physical violence involved.

He was unable to work for two days [after his car was clamped] and had no money coming in at all.”

Magistrates fined Williams £25 for the criminal damage and a further £235 for the threatening behaviour.

He was also ordered to pay £9.99 compensation for the padlock he damaged, as well as costs of £85.

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