Con­sul­tant cleared of threat­en­ing rangers

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A CON­SUL­TANT sur­geon and “thorn in the side” of the Na­tional Trust be­cause of dis­putes about land near his home has been cleared of threat­en­ing be­hav­iour to­wards two rangers.

The lawyer for Richard Sion Wil­liams, 52, in­sisted the rangers’ ev­i­dence was a “wicked lie”.

Mo­bile phone video footage taken by Mr Wil­liams was shown to mag­is­trates at Llan­dudno.

Bar­ris­ter Elen Owen, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Wil­liams is clearly a thorn in the side of some of the mem­bers of staff of the Na­tional Trust lo­cally, if not na­tion­ally.

“He’s pre­pared to take le­gal ac­tion to right what he per­ceives to be wrongs by this large or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Un­for­tu­nately for th­ese two wit­nesses, the cam­era doesn’t lie.”

Fol­low­ing a two-day trial, mag­is­trates’ chair­man Em­rys Wil­liams said there were “so many in­con­sis­ten­cies in the ev­i­dence from both par­ties” and the pros­e­cu­tion hadn’t proved the case.

The mag­is­trates re­fused a pros­e­cu­tion ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­strain­ing or­der against the doc­tor (pic­tured right).

“We don’t think a re­strain­ing or­der should be made but we hope com­mon sense shall pre­vail be­tween all par­ties,” the court chair­man added.

The doc­tor’s home was orig­i­nally part of the Vaynol Es­tate at Bangor and the Na­tional Trust owns some of the land.

Na­tional Trust rangers Will West­wood and his man­ager John White­ley had al­leged that, on March 13 on a track within the es­tate, they had been put in fear dur­ing a “slow­mo­tion” 4x4 ve­hi­cle chase by the doc­tor, who is an ear, nose and throat con­sul­tant at Bangor.

Mr White­ley al­leged Mr Wil­liams was “driv­ing like a mad­man”, us­ing his horn and flash­ing his head­lights.

The court heard they had re­moved a num­ber of con­crete blocks placed on a grass verge and put them back over Mr Wil­liams’ hedge.

How­ever, in ev­i­dence, Mr Wil­liams de­nied shout­ing any threats or con­tin­u­ally sound­ing his horn and flash­ing his lights.

He said the other ve­hi­cle trav­elled at one or two miles per hour and he wanted to pass but had been ob­structed.

“I’m late for work,” he said in one of the videos shown to the court.

When he got out of his ve­hi­cle at one stage to speak to the rangers about the man­ner of their driv­ing, the wing mir­ror of the slow-mov­ing Na­tional Trust ve­hi­cle al­legedly col­lided with his arm.

The doc­tor de­nied the al­le­ga­tion against him and re­jected a pros­e­cu­tion sug­ges­tion that he had wanted to con­front the Na­tional Trust work­ers and had lost his tem­per.

In court, Mr Wil­liams said: “I feel as though I have had to live life with a cam­era. I feel I have to ev­i­dence ev­ery­thing I do when ac­cess­ing my home and liv­ing in my home.”

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