MAN MAD THREAT TO FIRE BOMB HOME OF NEIGHBOUR
June 22, 2005
Colin Carrod, 26, from Wildridings was told to pay terrified neighbour Gillian Parker £300 for threatening to set fire to her home, barraging her with insults and aggressively banging on her car as she tried to park near her home last September.
Carrod, from Wildridings Square, was convicted of using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour with the intention of making Mrs Parker believe he was going to harm her in January.
In a random attack on Mrs Parker he swore, verbally assaulted and threatened her after she asked him to help her park her car at around 9.30am on Wednesday, September 15, last year.
Slough Magistrates’ Court heard last Thursday how Mrs Parker had tried to park in a bay between the flats where she and Carrod lived and was struggling to get it into a space when Carrod stood laughing and jeering at her for being a “useless woman driver”.
Prosecutor Karan Savjani told the court how Mrs Parker asked her neighbour to help out rather than standing laughing at her from his flat’s balcony.
He then went down to Mrs Parker – who had locked her car doors for fear of being hurt – and started thumping her car with his fists and swearing at her, calling her a “grass” and saying he knew where she lived.
Mr Savjani said Carrod had tried to open the passenger car door and started clenching his fists at the distressed woman.
“He had clenched fists and hit the roof of the car very hard.
“He said ‘I know where you live. I’m going to fire bomb your house and be waiting for you when you get home.’”
He said Mrs Parker retaliated by saying Carrod should “do something useful, like get a job”.
Carrod then accused Mrs Parker of writing letters to the council and “grassing” him up and told her he was going to punch in her car window.
Mr Savjani told the court how Mrs Parker had been distressed by Carrod’s actions and had been forced to relive the attack during a trial in January after he denied the assault.
Paulinus Lo, defending, said it was Mrs Parker who had called him over to her car and that it was not premeditated because she had invited him down.
He said Carrod had not realised how intimidating his actions could be considering he was a strong and tall man – well over 6ft – and Mrs Parker was only a small middle-aged woman.
He asked magistrates to be lenient on Carrod – who had two children and was helping to bring up his new partner’s children and had little disposable income to pay Mrs Parker any compensation.
He said Carrod had a previous criminal record but the last time he was convicted was over five years ago – showing he could control his behaviour and had changed his ways.
“It did go to trial and Mr Carrod did not show his remorse but he knows what he did was wrong and was just a misjudgement,” he said.
Sentencing Carrod magistrate Alistair Abbots said the attack was “ugly” and had frightened Mrs Parker.
“This was an ugly incident. It was traumatic for her [Mrs Parker] to have to come and give evidence because you pleaded not guilty.”
He said Carrod would have to undergo a community rehabilitation order for 18 months and would have to pay Mrs Parker £300 compensation and prosecutions costs of £360.