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Chainsaw terror of charity fundraiser.

A CHARITY fundraiser has admitted threatening terrified neighbours and police officers with a chainsaw in an alcohol-fuelled fury.

Gavin Anthony Randles, 51, got into a row with his neighbour Joanne Davies on Moorland Avenue, Caia Park after he'd been drinking.

He kicked Ms Davies's dog and tried to headbutt her, then swore at her, threatened to kill her and verbally abused another neighbour, Wrexham Magistrates Court heard.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Randles's partner came out of her house and pulled him back inside, but he was later heard in the back garden revving a chainsaw.

"He could be heard shouting, 'I'm going to f***ing kill you'," Mr Espie said. "His neighbour stayed in her front garden because she was genuinely afraid she would be hurt. This was a very dangerous situation where the defendant had armed himself with a lethal implement."

Police were called to the incident on September 9 and found Randles on his knees in the garden shed.

Mr Espie said: "He rushed out of the shed, violently revving the chainsaw. He was making aggressive slashing and stabbing motions and the officers said they were afraid someone would be seriously hurt.

"Two more officers arrived shortly afterwards and they said it was the most terrifying experience they had ever had.

"It was decided it was too dangerous to use a Taser on the defendant due to the potential damage the chainsaw could have caused. Armed police and the force negotiator were called and the incident eventually dissipated."

Catherine Jagger, defending, said Randles could remember nothing of the incident, but had accepted what he'd done and apologised for it.

She said he'd been drinking on top of medication he had been taking for Scheuermann's disease, a skeletal condition, and that had caused a temporary period of self-inflicted "insanity".

She added: "Mr Randles has no previous convictions for violence and has been heavily involved in charity work for many years. He has done a sponsored parachute jump and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Many of his neighbours said they could not believe it was the same man involved in this incident."

Randles, who currently lives with his sister at Eight Avenue, Llay, admitted a charge of affray and one of threatening unlawful violence.

Magistrates committed the case to crown court for sentence. Randles was bailed to appear at Mold Crown Court on October 27.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2011
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