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SACKED ESTATE AGENT WENT ON RAMPAGE.

Byline: GARETH HUGHES

A FORMER estate agent took revenge on his bosses after being sacked - and then on a witness in a court case against him.

Ian Firth put superglue in the agency's locks, damaged several For Sale signs on houses in the area and smashed two office windows, Prestatyn magistrates heard.

Then, in an unconnected attack, he caused over PS5,700 worth of damage to a car owned by a woman called Karen Hughes which was parked outside her home.

Prosecutor Peter Humphrey Jones told the court that Firth, 34, of Profitt Terrace, Gwespyr, was employed by estate agents Peter Large until August 2011, when he was dismissed following a complaint from a customer about his aggressive behaviour.

There then followed the series of incidents at the company's premises in Prestatyn, culminating in the windows being smashed on April 21 2012. Over PS900 worth of damage was caused but no-one was arrested.

In November Firth was involved in an incident in Prestatyn High Street when he collided with a Nissan Qashqai but drove off, almost hitting two pedestrians as he mounted a pavement.

In May Firth pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to stop after an accident.

But Mr Humphrey Jones told the court that on March 22 Firth had gone to the home of the Nissan driver, Karen Hughes, and was seen by her daughter kicking and punching the vehicle. He also scratched an abusive word in the paintwork. "Virtually every panel was damaged," he said.

On June 22 Firth followed Mrs Hughes into the Morrisons store in Rhyl and took her photograph, referring to her civil claim for damages for injuries sustained in the collision. Mrs Hughes' daughter recognised him as the man responsible for vandalising the car and Firth was then arrested.

He initially denied damaging the vehicle but his blood was found on one of the panels. "The common feature is that both were revenge attacks," said Mr Humphrey Jones.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of causing criminal damage and his solicitor Dafydd Roberts told the court that he had had mental health problems for some time, for which he was receiving help and medication.

The magistrates adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and chairman David Subachi said that all sentencing options were being kept open.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2013
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