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  • "Okay let me explain why Thor at the door is a typical misinformed cretin. I have been seeing his comments floating around and I finally have to say something.

    1. How have you worked out he has been let off the hook 98 times? He He has been to court 42 times for 98 offences. So the police have caught him and convicted him for 98 offences over 42 court appearances.

    2. I would hope the police are on first name terms with prolific offender in their area. I would be worried if they were not.

    3. They are clearly not treating him like a child if they are prosecuting him so prolifically.

    4. You say the police need to man up... I would suggest sir that you in fact need to get a clue as to what you are talking about and possibly get a bit more educated.

    The flying squad was a corrupt concept and if in place you would be complaining about them because no doubt you will have failed to grasp how they operate.

    Read up on common law... You can defend your property etc. But using reasonable force. No doubt you wish to live in a society where you can dish out punishment as well.

    How can UKIP help you idiot. Oh I know blame the immigrants for the courts lax sentencing which no doubt frustrates the police as much as you or I.

    Or pay for an nvq in not making a fool of yourself on the Internet. A course you would benefit from."
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Drunken Pontypool axe man jailed for string of offences

Free Press Series: JAILED: Christian Atkinson JAILED: Christian Atkinson

A REPEAT offender who “strutted” around a Pontypool street with an axe threatening to embed it into the head of a man he held a grudge against was sent to prison.

Christian Atkinson, 33, was spotted heavily drunk and wielding the weapon on March 14 after the man had previously reported him to police for stealing his wheelie bin which he used to store tools, a court heard.

He was seen walking towards others on Llandegfedd Way in New Inn “with an axe in his hand”, prosecutor Tony Trigg said, saying he was looking for a certain man. Mr Trigg told Cardiff Crown Court Atkinson said: “I’m going to put this axe through the side of his head.”

Mr Trigg added: “The witnesses say they felt frightened and scared. Some of the witnesses were youths. One of the youth’s fathers came out of his house and confronted the defendant about the axe. The defendant then tucked the axe up his sleeve and repeated the threats to Mr Drinkwater, who fortunately wasn’t present. Police were called and arrested the defendant.”

He added Atkinson, whose address was given as HMP Cardiff, had been prosecuted after he was seen dragging the wheelie bin up the road, and the target of Atkinson’s ire had put up posters describing him as a thief.

Atkinson, who has appeared in court 42 times for 98 offences, was sentenced for a string of other crimes at the hearing. He also racially abused a shopkeeper at the Premier store in New Inn, the court heard, after the Asian proprietor Mohemed Naeem refused to sell him alcohol early in the morning because licensing laws would not permit him to do so. Reacting angrily, Atkinson shouted and called him names in front of his wife before leaving the shop. Later that day he dialled 999 and spoke aggressively to the call operator, calling her stupid when she said if he wanted to hand himself into police he should go to Newport Central police station.

Judge Rhys Rowlands also sentenced him for possession of amphetamine, which he was found with after police saw him fall from a second floor window.

In a separate incident on March 6 this year Atkinson burgled a garage on New Road, New Inn, the court heard, taking £40 of curtain poles. He was arrested shortly afterwards, equipped for his task with a hammer and pair of gloves.

On March 15 he was spotted “clearly intoxicated” in the street, Mr Trigg said, and that night smashed the window of a Ford Mondeo walking away with its stereo as well as its tax disc and a mobile phone adaptor which were found discarded in his front garden.

Steve Thomas, mitigating, said: “There was no actual violence used. The person to whom the threats were directed was not there. He had the axe in his possession temporarily. This is not somebody who routinely carries a weapon around the streets, a knife or something, in anticipation of violence. He did say in interview, “I wouldn’t have used it but I wanted to threaten him with it”. Regarding the racial abuse, he said: “He didn’t specifically go into the shop to racially abuse the victim. He did in fact leave the shop when he was told to do so by Mr Naeem. He has expressed remorse. Drugs and alcohol are clearly a longstanding problem for him.”

Atkinson pleaded guilty to all of the offences except racially aggravated harassment, for which he was convicted after trial. He was given 12 months in prison for possessing the axe in public, nine months for racially aggravated harassment, four months for burglary and two months for theft of a stereo, all to run consecutively and coming to a total of 27 months. He was also given a four months for using threatening behaviour, to run at the same time.

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