Wrexham man threatened to kill police officers


Staff Reporter

A WREXHAM  man barricaded himself in a house and threatened to kill any police officers who entered, a court heard.

Christopher Leon Parry, 22, said he had a rottweiler, a gun and a knife and would slit their throats and shoot them in the head.

He said the house was booby trapped and he had tied electrical wires to the point of entry.

They could not come in and if they tried they would fry, he said.

Officers, including armed police, entered the house in Heol y Goron at Leeswood in the early hours, and found the staircase blocked by beds and a wardrobe.

But after about an hour the siege came to an end when Parry lay on the floor and gave himself up.

Parry, who was drunk, had earlier been involved in a vandalism spree in the village as he made his way home from a pub.

Police were called when he returned to the house where he was staying with a friend.

He was agitated and aggressive and said he would “kill anyone who comes into the house”.

Parry, of Empress Road, Wrexham, admitted a public order offence in the stand-off on November 1, and eight charges of criminal damage.

He was jailed for 20 weeks.

Parry had denied all charges and was due to go on trial yesterday but he changed his pleas.

Robert Blakemore, prosecuting, said Parry conceded in police interview that he “lost his head” when he drank.

He had been to Caergwrle drinking pints and shots, he did not know how much, but as he made his way up Pontblyddin Hill back to Leeswood he damaged cars and houses.

A CCTV camera captured him picking up a metal bin and throwing it at a car – but he dropped his mobile phone at the scene which was traced to him.

He picked up the garden gates at the home of a 79-year-old disabled ex-serviceman and threw them at the house, damaging a windowsill.

He kicked the wing mirror off a Peugeot 206, a Fiat 500 and a Toyota. Marks on the Toyota looked as if he had run over the roof of that vehicle.

Damage valued at £1,000 was caused to a Fiat Punto.

Witnesses saw him being aggressive and picking up a bin outside the Co-op which he used to damage a car.

An 83-year-old lady who lives alone was frightened when she heard a loud crash in the early hours and found a plant pot had been used to smash a window at her home.

When a member of her family spoke to the defendant, Parry wanted to fight him.

He kicked the wing mirror off an Audi A3 before going into the house of a friend, where he was staying at the time and where the siege situation developed when police arrived.

Armed police and officers in protective gear negotiated with Parry who was clearly drunk, said Mr Blakemore.

He said he had spent most of his life in prison and would kill anyone who came in.

Parry was heard to shout out: “If you come in I will stab you to the head.”

He said he had a shotgun and an air rifle. If he was arrested then he would find the officers and kill their children, he said.

He threw items out of the house and said if the tenant of the house tried to escape he would slit his throat.

“I will fight you all. Coming in here would be the worst thing you could do.

“I will knock you out, I will stab you, I will slit your throat,” he shouted.

Parry said he had barricaded himself in and they would have to tazer him. At one stage he said he had tied live electrical wires to the points of entry.

“I don’t care if I blow myself up,” he said. “You will fry if you try.”

The first officer up the stairs would be killed, he said. He said he would knock him out with a golf club.

However, the siege ended peacefully when Parry lay on the floor and was arrested.

Justine McVitie, defending, said it happened after excessive drinking, which was no excuse.

In drink Parry behaved in an irrational and unacceptable way.

There were vulnerable victims in his damage spree but it had been random. He had not targeted anyone.

It had been a very frightening and drawn out incident she said, but it had been bravado in drink.

“He had no intention of carrying out any threat,” she explained, adding he regretted his actions.

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