Greenfield man lashed out at dog walker while holding knife


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN brandished a knife and lashed out at his grandmother’s neighbour with the weapon, a court heard.

The victim had to step back to avoid being cut, Flintshire Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Daniel James Thompson, 22, admitted an affray charge but denied he had a knife at the time.

Magistrates, after hearing evidence, found he did use the knife.

Thompson was remanded in custody and sent to the crown court for sentencing next month.

Thompson, now of Clwyd Avenue, Greenfield, had earlier admitted affray on February 9 at Ffordd yr Ysgol, Flint.

The prosecution said complainant Lesley Hans-Wildman had been out walking his dog and Thompson started calling him names and spat at him.

It was alleged at that stage Thompson pulled out a craft knife from his pocket.

Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said he confronted the other man and went up to him waving the knife and lashing out at him with it.

The victim moved back and later told police if he had not done so then the knife would have made contact.

It was claimed Thompson went to his grandmother’s house nearby and returned armed with a mop or a brush.

He brandished that towards him as well – before falling over and returning the house.

Damian Sabino, defending, said it was his client’s case he was provoked. There was a row and he had approached with a mop which was why he admitted affray.

Thompson denied he had a knife at any stage.

In evidence Mr Hans-Wildman said he had simply been walking his dog when Thompson approached making “the usual comments” swearing and calling him names.

He was jumping up and down and pulled out the knife on him.

The victim said he tied his dog up as Thompson approached and on two separate occasions, lashed out at him with the knife.

He was threatening to kill his kids and blow up his Mercedes.

His wife and daughter arrived in the car and he asked his wife to call the police.

Thomspon ran into his grandmother’s house and Mr Hans-Wildman said he stayed outside, waiting for the police, in case Thompson ran off.

He then came out with a mop and brandished that at him like a weapon before he fell and broke the mop, which he said was rather comical – a bit of a farce.

“I was not going to be intimidated by him. He does not frighten me,” he said.

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