Angry father threw rock and hit bailiff who clamped car
A FATHER-OF-THREE threw a rock and hit a bailiff after his car was clamped, a court heard.
Barry Raymond saw red after a warrant was served at his home in Stockhill Lane, Old Basford, for £370 of unpaid fines.
When the bailiff explained what was happened Raymond shouted “I’m not scared of you” and “I’m going to shoot you”.
The bailiff went back to his van where colleague Craig Williams was waiting. , in their van on August 20 last year.
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Raymond ran towards them and threw the rock at the passenger window. It smashed the glass, hit Mr Williams on the head and then broke the windscreen.
The two men drove off their Volkswagen T-Sporter hire van away and called police.
Mr Williams went to hospital to have a cut stitched. and had discomfort from pain to his head.
He has fully recovered, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
When Raymond was arrested he told police he had sought help from Citizen’s Advice over some parking tickets.
When the bailiffs arrived, he claimed one of them chased him with a bar. As a result he picked up a piece of wood and a rock, the court was told.
Raymond admitted assaulting Mr Williams and damaging the van.
He was given a ten-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for assault, and a concurrent sentence of three months for criminal damage, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.
Judge Jonathan Teare told 51-year-old Raymond: “On this occasion one can understand you might be frustrated, but you were dealing with two men who had a job to do that day and they were doing it.
“You say you were threatened before you threw the rock. I’m inclined to disbelieve it. In a fit of temper you threw that rock, smashed the side window and injured the man inside, and went on to crack the windscreen, so it was a blow of some force.”
The judge said he would not order Raymond to pay for the £410.70 damage to the van as he has no means and there was “simply no point”.
Raymond has previous convictions for assault, including common assault and assault causing actual bodily harm, riot, robberies, aggravated burglary, grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an offensive weapon.
However, he has not committed a violent offence since 2008.
In mitigation, Martin Elwick said Raymond pleaded guilty on the basis that he did not intend to hurt the bailiff and it was a reckless act of anger and frustration.
“He is desperate to work,” he said. “He’s had short-term jobs. The last one was working on the production line at Boots. He has gone back on Jobseeker’s Allowance.”
He also said Raymond has children aged 11, 13 and 18 and a partner, who was in court.
He said the couple had been very worried about the impact if he went to jail.