A 49-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for a year after he admitted threatening to take revenge on a witness who previously gave evidence against him in magistrates court.
Christopher Jackson, formerly of Mold Road but now living with family in Blacon, received a suspended sentence last December after he damaged neighbours’ cars in Connah’s Quay.
But Mold Crown Court heard how he had since threatened one of the witnesses who had given evidence against him.
He shouted at him he was ‘a grass’ – although he later claimed he had been calling his dog off the grass. He wanted to fight him, threatened to batter him, threatened to burn his van, said he would kill him and he knew where he worked.
Jackson also tried to get the witness into trouble by lying down in the road, ringing the police and shouting down the phone he had been assaulted by him.
Judge Philip Hughes said the victim, Paul Keenan, was a decent man who carried out his public duty.
“Witnesses are indispensable and they must know that the courts will protect them,” he said.
Jackson was jailed for 12 months and made the subject of a five-year restraining order not to contact Mr Keenan or his wife.