Millionaire landlord loses fight against conviction for attacking agent
Fighting Fergus Wilson has been KO’d for the second time in a courtroom scrap but is still demanding a re-match.
The former boxer lost on points when magistrates convicted him of assaulting estate agent Dan Wells earlier this year. Now he has lost again at Canterbury Crown Court after appealing against the common assault conviction and sentence.
But within minutes of his defeat, the 22-stone property tycoon offered to put up a £10,000 purse if 31-year-old Mr Wells went one round in a bare knuckle fight.
The multimillionaire 65-year-old, from Long Lane, Boughton Monchelsea, who, together with his wife Judith, owns hundreds of homes in Ashford, Folkestone and Maidstone, was left furious after his rival claimed after the first case that Mr Wilson “punches like a girl”.
He said: “I only have one arm but I am prepared to put up the cash if he goes one round with me.”
But the estate agent, who attended the appeal hearing, laughed off the new challenge, saying: “I am younger and fitter. He wouldn’t last the round.
“He should just give me the 10 grand now and be done with it!”
A judge and two magistrates listened to Mr Wilson conduct his own defence during the four-day hearing at Canterbury Crown Court.
Halfway through the case, the former pugilist had tried to claim a “technical knock out” asking for the case to be thrown out – but the three “judges” rejected it.
It took less than 15 minutes at the end of the contest before Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl and the magistrates dismissed the appeal saying they believed the landlord had punched his victim.
The judge said that they believed the evidence of witness Katie Picking, who had sat opposite Mr Wells during the attack, but said the telling expression “right you little sh*t”, which he had uttered after storming into the office to confront his victim, convinced them Wilson had thrown the punch.
The businessman had been fined £500 by magistrates, who ordered him to pay £150 compensation and £1,000 costs and a victim surcharge.
The judge and panel decided not to alter the sentence but ordered him to pay another £750 appeal court costs within six months.
After the hearing, Mr Wilson said: “I feel very unhappy with the verdict and will now consult my lawyers about where I go with this.
“But I am not very happy with how this case has been handled by some in the police force.
“Mine and my wife’s relationship with PLS ended a while ago. We were not very happy with a number of things that had gone on.”
Daniel Wells at his desk where he was attacked