Man jailed after 'terrifying' residents

Published date: 17 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DRUNKEN man who threatened and assaulted people during a night of “mayhem” has been jailed for 15 months.

John Roberts, 50, described as a violent man who believed he ran his street, was told he terrified local residents.

Roberts, of Meadow Bank in Holywell, admitted three charges of assault, damage, carrying a knife in public and a public order offence.

Judge Niclas Parry told him: “This was mayhem. You are a violent man.”
In drink, he went to a highly populated area where there were difficulties and went from house-to-house inflicting violence on young people including females and caused wanton damage.
He also had a weapon with him.
“This would have been a terrifying incident for the residents of Moor Lane and Meadow Bank,” he said.

The whole thing was aggravated by his appalling criminal record. But the judge said Roberts would receive maximum credit for his early guilty pleas.
Judge Parry was told Roberts had signed up for a course in prison called ‘Sorry’, to look at the impact of offending.
“If anyone needs a sorry course it’s you,” the judge told him.
“Get a grip Mr Roberts, otherwise it will be more and more prison.”

The incidents happened on March 30 when Roberts was said to have been trying to find a man to get drugs for him. He was in one house drunk and started to smash items up, saying he wanted drugs.

Roberts slapped a woman to her head leaving her with a mark to her forehead. He went to the home of a young woman who was alone with her child and said he wanted her partner to take him to collect drugs. He was told he was not in, but he threatened to stab him if he was.
“This is my street. I run this street,” he told her.

He walked down the street making threats and punching his fist into the air.
Roberts later returned to the woman’s house with another man, lifted his shirt and puffed out his chest, throwing a bucket at the woman. But she closed the door to prevent it hitting her.
Roberts shouted through the letterbox he would go to her mother’s home and he did so, waking a family up by knocking loudly after midnight.

He shouted at them to tell a man to ring him. When a man came out of the house, Roberts threw a plant pot at him, said prosecutor Emmalyne Downing. It missed and smashed against a wall, with Roberts also damaging a fence and car.
At another house, the door was answered by a boy aged 15. Roberts told him his father was “going to get it”. Roberts punched the boy in the face and caused a scratch to his neck which bled, believed to have been from a weapon.

Police officers found him drunk in a garden and they recovered a cutlery knife after struggling with him. Roberts said he had been looking for a man and visited houses he thought he might be in.
Brian Treadwell, defending, said Roberts – who appeared for sentence via a live television link from prison – came from a good family. He was the only member of his family who offended.

He was aware he needed to address his behaviour. While he did not accept all the allegations, he knew he was in the wrong that night and knew it had to be custody.
Roberts was using his time positively in custody. He had signed up for the ‘Sorry’ course and had a trusted job as an admissions orderly working with staff to book new inmates in.

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