Drunken Wrexham clubber's taxi office blaze threat

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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A DRINKER who had been thrown out of a nightclub threw chips and gravy at a taxi office worker before headbutting him and threatening to burn down the building.

Nicky Edwards, of Wyndham Gardens, Wrexham, was on a night out at Liquid in Brook Street, Wrexham, on March 28 where he was asked to leave.

He was told to leave the area after being abusive to door staff while trying to get back into the club.

Edwards, 26, then went into the offices of Dragon Taxis, also on Brook Street, where Michael Kiff was working as an operator.

Edwards asked how long he would have to wait for a taxi and said if it was longer than 10 minutes, he would leave.

When Mr Kiff said there was a 20 minute wait, Edwards swore at him and spat at him through the hatch.

Edwards then threatened to attack Mr Kiff, before leaving the office.

Mr Kiff left the desk to warn drivers outside against letting Edwards into their taxis.

But Edwards approached and again threatened to attack him, before throwing his chips and gravy into Mr Kiff’s chest. He then headbutted the taxi office worker, connecting with his nose, before throwing a punch, which Mr Kiff was able to block.

Staff from Liquid then took Edwards away from the scene.

As he was leaving, he shouted: “I know who owns the building and you can tell him I’m going to burn the f****** building down.”

Edwards was later spotted in the Queensway area of Caia Park and arrested.

Officers described him as “abusive” while he was being taken to custody.

Appearing before Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, he was sentenced to 90 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to assault.

He was also ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work and excluded from licensed premises in Wrexham county for 12 months.

Sentencing, district judge Gwyn Jones said: “It is clear to me that on this night you were stroppy, you were very drunk and you became totally and utterly offensive to a man who was providing a service to members of the public.”

Mr Jones told Edwards to pay £120 compensation to Mr Kiff and also imposed an £80 victim surcharge, as well as £85 court costs.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Mr Kiff sustained no visible injuries during the attack, but did suffer from soreness to the lip.

Cath Jagger, defending, said Edwards was “genuinely remorseful” for his behaviour, which she described as “disgusting”.

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