Man took a ‘rusty’ scythe to con­front door-knock­ers

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ja­son Evans @Evans­The­Crime ja­son.evans@me­di­ 01792 545549

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.

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