Man took a ‘rusty’ scythe to confront door-knockers
A MAN grabbed a scythe and took it out into the street to confront people who had knocked on his front door, a court has heard.
Anthony Randall was seen on the pavement outside his house shouting threats to the door-knockers – one of whom he said had just grabbed him by the neck.
Swansea Crown Court heard the incident led to an armed police response in the Llanelli street where Randall lived.
Hannah George, prosecuting, said there was no CCTV of the initial part of the incident, nor statements from witnesses, only the defendant’s account “which the prosecution is not in a position to contradict”.
Randall’s version of events is that at around noon on October 10 there was a knock at his Glanmor Road front door and when he opened the door on the chain one of the callers grabbed him by the throat.
He said he was able to push his assailant away and close the door before retrieving a scythe from behind the sofa and going out into the street.
The court heard this part of the incident was witnessed by a neighbour who saw the 47-year-old standing on the pavement outside his property brandishing the metre-long “slightly rusty” scythe and shouting to men across the street that he was going to kill them. The neighbour told him to calm down.
Randall subsequently drove to the shops and was out when armed police swooped on the street but a friend rang him to tell him there was a large police presence around his house and when he returned he told police who he was.
When police searched his house they found two cannabis plants growing in an upstairs bedroom.
In his police interview he said he had not intended to hurt anyone with the scythe but accepted people in the street could have been alarmed to see it.
Randall, of Glanmor Road, Llanelli, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, a public order offence, and producing cannabis when he appeared in the dock via videolink for sentencing.
The court heard part of the background to the incident may have been money Randall paid to a sex worker but for which he didn’t receive the expected service in return.
Ian Ibrahim, for Randall, described the circumstances of the October 10 incident as “unusual”.
He said when his friend had called him in the shop to tell him about the police he could have chosen to drive away but instead returned to the scene and “effectively handed himself in” to officers.
Judge Paul Thomas QC said whatever sparked the scythe incident remained something of a mystery but the risks to the public of someone taking a scythe into the street and issuing threats were obvious.
Randall was jailed for a total of 16 weeks.