Arsonist hoaxer asked blaze victim to drop charge


Staff reporter

A MAN who made 11 hoax bomb calls to organisations and businesses throughout the UK and then admitted three arson attacks has now pleaded guilty to intending to pervert the course of justice.

Paul William Jones appeared from custody at Mold Crown Court and pleaded guilty to asking the owner of a fitness centre hit by fire to drop the resulting arson charge.

Williams – who the court has already heard committed the offences because he wants to be returned to prison – will now be sentenced for all matters at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, it emerged at Mold Crown Court that Williams had written to the judge directly.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said he was concerned that while a psychiatric report had been ordered by the court some time ago, his client had still not been seen.

Judge Niclas Parry said Jones had written to him saying he did not want to co-operate.

The judge further remanded Jones in custody but told him: “It is in your interests not to write to me, especially in the terms that you have done.”

He said he should ensure any correspondence was with his solicitor so the court could then be given all relevant information.

Last month Jones was warned he might receive an indeterminate sentence for public protection after he admitted three arson attacks.

He pleaded guilty to arson on March 28 at a derelict house named Overland, at Middleton Road in Oswestry owned by the Severn Hospice.

The following day, he started a fire at Zion Fitness Centre at Coney Green in Oswestry and then on March 6 set fire to a signal box at the old Oswestry Railway Station, owned by the Cambrian Railway Trust.

An earlier hearing heard how Jones, 32, wanted to spend the rest of his days behind bars.

He made hoax bomb calls and shocked workers received calls to say: “There is a bomb on the premises, tick, tick, tick.”

Jones was said to be completely institutionalised and had written to the court asking for as long a prison sentence as possible.

All the hoax bomb calls were made on the same day, March 19.

Some of the premises were evacuated, with all the chaos that caused, and emergency services had to attend.

He rang the Wrexham Council housing department, the VOSA offices at Wrexham, the Department of Transport, Wilkinson’s Store in Wrexham, Poundland at the Potter’s Shopping Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, Poundland in Bedford, The Hounds Hill Shopping Centre in Blackpool, the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham, Kent; the BBC offices at Portland Place in London the probation offices at Shrewsbury and the Elstree films studios in Hertfordshire.

When he was arrested in Regent Street in Wrexham town centre the same day, he had a 10-inch kitchen knife on him.

Jones, of Maple Avenue, Oswestry admitted all 11 hoax calls and possessing the knife.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said his client suffered fromcerebral  palsy but his mental health was said to be generally good.

“The concern is that this man is unable to cope on the outside and wants to spend the rest of his life in prison.

“He is entirely institutionalised,” Mr Edwards said

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