‘Slasher’ lost his tem­per while car­ry­ing out his com­mu­nity work

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

AN ex-soldier sen­tenced ear­lier this year for slash­ing peo­ple with a saw landed him­self back in court af­ter los­ing his tem­per car­ry­ing out com­mu­nity work.

Mark Burgess was given a sus­pended sen­tence in Jan­uary for threat­en­ing peo­ple with an 18-inch builder’s saw when he could not get a drink at a Cardiff bar af­ter clos­ing time.

Speak­ing at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Jenk­ins de­scribed the de­fen­dant’s be­hav­iour as “wor­ry­ing”.

The orig­i­nal in­ci­dent oc­curred at the Miss Jones bar in Merthyr Road on Novem­ber 6 last year.

The court heard the 36-year-old was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when he de­cided to drive his work van home and stopped off in Whitchurch as the bar was clos­ing af­ter he spent the day of the Wales v Aus­tralia au­tumn in­ter­na­tional in the city cen­tre.

Wit­nesses de­scribed the de­fen­dant shout­ing threats and bang­ing on win­dows when he could not get in.

In a sub­se­quent po­lice in­ter­view, Burgess told of­fi­cers peo­ple com­ing out of the bar were abu­sive to­wards him.

Prose­cu­tors said there was “push­ing and shov­ing” be­fore the de­fen­dant went to get the saw from his van.

A nearby CCTV camera cap­tured the in­ci­dent and Burgess could be seen bran­dish­ing the weapon, swing­ing the saw “vi­o­lently”, mak­ing “slash­ing” mo­tions.

The court heard one man suf­fered an arm wound that re­quired four stitches, while his girl­friend re­ceived cuts to her hands.

Burgess was ar­rested and a road­side breath test showed he had 61mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath – the le­gal limit is 35mg.

Burgess was given a 16-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, af­ter ad­mit­ting drink-driv­ing, mak­ing threats with an of­fen­sive weapon and un­law­ful wound­ing. He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a year and or­dered to com­plete 200 hours of un­paid work, as well as pay­ing £300 in costs.

But his case was listed for a com­mit­tal for breaches af­ter he failed to com­ply with the or­der.

The court heard he ver­bally abused a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer while car­ry­ing out the un­paid work.

Mr Rees said his client, from Wash­ford Av­enue, Llan­rum­ney, had bought his own tools to com­plete the un­paid work and lost his tem­per when they went miss­ing. He told the court Burgess re­turned to apol­o­gise, adding: “He saw the er­ror of his ways.”

Judge Jenk­ins told the de­fen­dant he was “dis­ap­pointed” but con­cluded the in­ci­dent was “a blip” prompted by frus­tra­tion. He re­voked the orig­i­nal or­der and fined Burgess £250, or­der­ing him to com­plete 10 days of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity in­stead. He must also pay £150 to­wards pros­e­cu­tion costs.

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