Cafe owner left fearing for his business after threats
A LLANELLI cafe owner was left fearing for his business after a man threatened to smash the windows and burn it down.
Christopher James, of Princess Street, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to a charge of making a threat to cause damage and destroy property when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Sian Vaughan said James had been at the Willow Cafe in Station Road on March 6, when it was disputed he took a condiment sachet from the cafe.
She added when a member of staff quizzed him about swiping a sachet James alleged he hit his leg.
Less than two hours later witnesses could hear James, aged 40, telling people he was going to break windows and set fire to the cafe, which belongs to Adem Ozmen.
Mrs Vaughan added: “The defendant called police to say he had been assaulted by a member of staff at the cafe.
“At 8.45am James was heard saying he was going to smash windows and burn the shop down, referring to the cafe.”
At 9.30am at the rear of the cafe a staff member was sat on the back step and could hear James telling two builders of his intention to break the windows and set fire to the property.
Mrs Vaughan said: “At this point he asked the staff member if where she was sat was the way into the back of the cafe.
“She said yes and was then worried about what he would do, especially with colleagues and friends inside.
“Police were called and following his arrest, he told them in interview that he said what he did in anger and not malice.
For the offence, James was given 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and must carry out 35 days of rehabilitation.
He was also placed on a 12-week curfew and must remain at his home between the hours of 9pm and 6am.
James must also pay £115 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.