A MAN who threatened to slit his neighbour's throat and was caught on camera bursting a car tyre has been sentenced.

Ian Steadman, of North Road in Ponciau, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court for sentence on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old had admitted two offences at an earlier hearing; namely using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and criminal damage - both of which happened in Wrexham.

Both victims, Kirsty Over and Gemma Jones, were neighbours of the defendant.

Prosecutor Siriol Jones told the court that in January 2023, Ms Jones was reversing her car and felt something was not right.

She got out and realised the front offside tyre of her vehicle had deflated.

Later that day, as Ms Over was coming home, the defendant opened his window and screamed: "I'll f****** kill you, I'll slit your throat."


It was discovered, when CCTV footage was checked, that Steadman had burst Ms Over's tyre.

The court heard Steadman had 10 previous convictions for 22 offences.

Bethan Jones, defending, told the court she and her client raised no opposition to either the payment of compensation for the tyre or a restraining order.

"The underlying issue is one of alcohol use," she told the court.

"This gentleman has, in the past, been drinking more than is good for him."

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She added the circumstances of the offences were "unusual," and "not behaviour that parallels how [Steadman] generally behaves himself."

The Magistrates imposed an 18 month community order, to include a 120 day alcohol monitoring requirement and 15 rehabilitation activity days.

A two year restraining order was put in place to protect the victims and Steadman must pay £400 towards costs, £62 compensation for the tyre and a £114 victim surcharge.