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Jail for Welshpool man who brandished a knife

Created on 08/09/2017 @ 23:34
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A Welshpool man caught slashing car tyres with a knife was jailed at Mold Crown Court.

Patrick Andrew Garner, 49, was caught in the act and restrained – but then lunged at a member of the public who intervened - the Shropshire Star reported.

Garner, of Leighton View, Welshpool, admitted criminal damage and possessing a blade in public – which put him in breach of a suspended prison sentence. He was jailed for 16 months for the offences and received an additional 30 weeks consecutive for being in breach of the suspended sentence. A restraining order was made not to contact the car owner. 

Judge Niclas Parry said that 11 days after he received a suspended sentence for driving while disqualified – his 83rd offence during decades of offending – Garner was brandishing a knife with an eight-inch blade in public. 

He was seeking revenge on a person with whom he had been in dispute and had been seen crouched down by the vehicle and had caused £200 worth of damage to the tyres. 

When approached he brandished the dangerous weapon and threatened to use it. 

Luckily there had been no injuries and three members of the public had come to help and restrain him. But the defendant had lunged at the stomach of one of them, the judge said. 

Garner was a man with serious previous convictions, including threatening to kill, wounding, arson, false imprisonment and robbery, the court heard. His previous responses to non-custodial sentences had been poor. 

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