THREW BOOZE IN ROAD RAGE

22-year-old with ‘ap­palling’ record also com­mit­ted knife-wav­ing bur­glary:

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

A“ROAD rage” driver threw the con­tents of a can of al­co­hol over a fe­male mo­torist after she con­fronted him for clip­ping the side of her car.

Philip Sion Blake­more’s own bar­ris­ter said the 22-year-old, of Llangybi near Pwll­heli was ca­pa­ble of “acts of ex­treme stu­pid­ity” when un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol

Elen Owen, pros­e­cut­ing, told Caernar­fon Crown Court on March 9 this year Blake­more was driv­ing a Vaux­hall Corsa near Peny­groes, Gwynedd and over­took an­other car clip­ping its near­side and dam­ag­ing it.

“The fe­male driver of the Dai­hatsu fol­lowed the Corsa to Peny­groes and, when he stopped out­side a house, got out and chal­lenged him.

“The de­fen­dant got out of the car hold­ing a can of al­co­hol and was abu­sive to the woman push­ing her away and throw­ing the con­tents of the can into her face and hair.

“She then re­versed her ve­hi­cle to block him in but he drove into it and pushed it out of the way be­fore driv­ing away,” the bar­ris­ter said.

Blake­more, who had 31 pre­vi­ous of­fences recorded against him in­clud­ing for poo­ing into a golf hole on a kids’ pitch and putt, was ar­rested 10 days later but re­fused to an­swer po­lice ques­tions.

On a sep­a­rate charge, Ms Owen said shortly after mid­night on Novem­ber 29 last year Blake­more had forced his way into his cousin’s home in Ch­wilog and had gone to his bed­room where he was asleep.

“Dy­lan Jones woke up to find the de­fen­dant in the room wav­ing a kitchen knife about and de­mand­ing to know the where­abouts of a man called Ben.

“He said he was go­ing to kill him,” she added.

Blake­more was said to have com­mit­ted the of­fences, which oc­curred on sep­a­rate dates, while drunk.

Jail­ing him for four years, Judge Huw Rees de­scribed the dan­ger­ous driv­ing as a “quite dis­grace­ful in­ci­dent of road rage” and said the bur­glary re­sulted in a “fright­en­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing” ex­pe­ri­ence for Blake­more’s cousin.

The court heard that de­spite his age Blake­more had 31 pre­vi­ous of­fences recorded against him and he had ear­lier this year been jailed for pub­lic or­der of­fences.

The judge added: “You don’t need me to tell you that you have an ap­palling record.”

Blake­more ad­mit­ted two charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, crim­i­nal dam­age and as­sault aris­ing from an in­ci­dent on March 9 this year.

He also ad­mit­ted a charge of ag­gra­vated bur­glary in Novem­ber last year.

Gareth Roberts, de­fend­ing, said al­co­hol was at the root of all of Blake­more’s of­fend­ing and told the judge there was an­other side to his char­ac­ter.

“When sober he is a very dif­fer­ent man, ar­tic­u­late and in­tel­li­gent but when in drink is ca­pa­ble of acts of ex­treme stu­pid­ity,” he said.

Since be­ing in cus­tody he had signed up to an al­co­hol aware­ness course and a think­ing skills pro­gramme to try and ad­dress his is­sues added Mr Roberts.

In ad­di­tion to the jail term Blake­more was banned from driv­ing for 18 months and must take an ex­tended test be­fore ap­ply­ing for an­other driv­ing li­cence.

● Philip Sion Blake­more: jailed for four years

● Caernar­fon Crown Court

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