Wrexham man armed with knife in dog dispute


Rory Sheehan

A MAN armed himself with a knife after a dispute with a neighbour over a dog led to him being assaulted, a court heard.

Paul John Davies, 42, from Tan y Bryn, Wrexham, was found in possession of a blade he picked up following an altercation with neighbour Nathan Griffiths.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard yesterday how Davies had been left with a fractured cheek and had lost two teeth in the attack.

Tracy Willingham, prosecuting, told the court the two men, who live in flats opposite each other, had become embroiled in a feud over a pet which came to blows, leading to Davies admitting possessing a knife in a public place.

Ms Willingham said: “Griffiths had a go at the defendant’s sister over a friend’s dog she was looking after.

“He was assaulted, left with a bloody nose and mouth and bruises to his face, back and shoulders after being punched.

“He showed the injuries to David Roberts, a friend living in Allington Drive, which is where he picked up a fishing knife and put it in his pocket.”

Elzbeth Kenny, defending, said: “All the information given to the police was provided by the defendant.

“He showed them he had a fractured cheek and lost two teeth, but was informed he was too late in reporting it – which was wrong.

“He saw Griffiths run into the house for a kitchen knife and believed he was going to pursue him, so foolishly called his friend, David Roberts and then received the knife.

“Mr Roberts says the knife was left outside his house by his son and he had nothing to do with it.

“The police arrested the defendant but for some reason did not arrest Griffiths.”
Ms Kenny added: “The defendant was very much provoked when he made the stupid and foolish decision to arm himself with the knife.

“It wasn’t brandished, or used to threaten, but to cause Mr Griffiths to run away if he thought about attacking him.

“He should have gone to the nearest police station instead.

“Mr Griffiths is still his neighbour, there have been no repercussions since and the defendant does not bear a grudge.”

Sentencing, district judge Gwyn Jones told Davies: “This was a dangerous incident involving a knife, with a clear degree of aggression either from you or the other party.

“The court will not tolerate anyone who possesses knifes, or items used to threaten or harm.

“This offence is serious enough for a custodial sentence but your early guilty plea allows me to draw back from that.”

Davies was given a 90 day prison sentence, suspended for a year.

He was ordered to take a ‘Thinking Skills’ course supervised by the probation service, and pay costs of £85 plus a victim surcharge of £80.

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