A FATHER-OF-TWO who threat- ened to kill his stepbrother while wielding a steering lock in the street tried and failed to hand himself in.
Appearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Paul Simon Buckley, 27, of Hatton Road, Blacon, admitted smashing a window in his stepbrother’s car and threatening him with a steering lock.
The court heard that on February 19 this year, Buckley smashed a window of his stepbrother Peter Buckley’s Vauxhall Zafira.
Prosecutor Jo Lazzari said: “At 2.15pm the victim was parked on Weston Grove, Upton and heard the defendant shouting ‘If you want to fight me, fight me’ and ‘I’ll kill you’.
“Buckley approached the victim holding a yellow steering lock and poked it through the window in an attempt to hit the victim making minor contact with his left knuckle.
“He smashed the passenger window with the steering lock.
“A number of witnesses saw the incident and were distressed by it.”
Buckley, who has a 13-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, was arrested at his home and told police there was an ongoing dispute with his brother and there had been various similar incidents.
Victoria Robinson-Parker, defending, said: “He told me that on the day of this offence he went straight to Blacon police station to hand himself in.
“He did speak to a police officer to admit what he had done.
“At that point my client’s brother hadn’t made a complaint, there was nothing the police could do.
“He later phoned the police three times to sort this matter out, showing his absolute, genuine remorse.”
Miss Robinson-Parker told the court Buckley had intended to meet friends nearby when he spotted his stepbrother and “lost his temper”.
“He certainly hadn’t gone out roaming the streets for his stepbrother who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Found guilty of damaging property and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, Buckley was sentenced to complete 80 hours of unpaid work for the public order offence and ordered to pay £43 prosecution costs for the criminal damage conviction.