A POLISH man in court for a number of offences – including discharging an imitation firearm in a row over a drugs deal – was told by a crown court judge that he was letting his fellow countrymen down.
At Mold Crown Court Marcin Mariuz Melnik, 25, of High Street in Connah’s Quay, was jailed for 27 months.
He admitted possessing an imitation firearm, supplying cannabis and offering to supply cannabis in January and two charges of possessing offensive weapons during an earlier incident in November when he approached a pub armed with two kitchen knives.
Judge David Hale told him that so many Polish people who came to the UK were really contributing to society.
“You are letting others down by getting involved in drugs and this stupid, frightening business with two knives for no good reason at all,” he said.
“You did not mean to use them but you certainly frightened the people who saw you.”
The judge said that it was Melnik’s intention to return to Poland to his wife and child.
“Instead of you supporting them, they are in Poland worried about you,” he said.
“But you have to go to prison for behaviour like yours.”
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, told how in January the defendant was selling cannabis from his home.
A man went there on three occasions to buy drugs.
He and a friend also went there but it was alleged that when the friend was given drugs he threw salt at the defendant and left without paying.
When the original customer went to his home on a further occasion the defendant answered the door carrying a gun.
He was allowed in, cannabis was bought and paid for, but he then held the gun towards his chest.
Melnik said that if he saw his friend he would “shoot him like this” and discharged what turned out to be an imitation firearm.
It made a hissing noise and debris kicked up nearby.
The defendant followed him into an alleyway near his home where the friend was seen to run off.
Police who went to his home found two weapons – an air pistol and a BB gun – which the defendant said that he had for shooting at tin cans.
In an earlier incident on November 19 a door supervisor at The Boathouse saw Melnik in an alleyway opposite the pub.
He then walked towards the pub holding a large kitchen knife in each hand.
He was looking directly at him and rubbed the knives together as if they were being sharpened.
The doorman went inside and locked the door.
A colleague then saw Melnik who walked towards him with the knives.
He also returned to the pub and locked the door and the police were called.
Melnik was arrested with the knives and while he admitted having them he denied using them in any way.
Myles Wilson, defending, said that his client was a man of good character.
“He came to this country with the best of intentions, and to begin with he worked hard.
“His downfall was meddling in drugs and he became a small-time cannabis dealer on Deeside.”
When a customer threw salt in his face, to “save face” he reacted in the way that he had done which had got him into deep trouble.
Melnik felt very sorry for himself for the mess he had got himself into and it was his intention to return to Poland as soon as he could to his partner and child.
Melnik, he said, was feeling very emotional in court.