Dec 29 2010 by Gary Porter, Flintshire Chronicle
A MAN has pleaded guilty to ‘stabbing’ a Saltney pub door with a samurai sword following a family dispute.
Peter Williams, 39, admitted causing £50 worth of damage to the front door of the City Arms and possessing an offensive weapon.
The incident happened on the night of Saturday, December 18.
Prosecuting, Marie Haydon, told Chester Magistrates Court pub landlord Gerrard Oliver had been called downstairs due to a disturbance.
She said that Williams then left pub and Mr Oliver could see him outside carrying ‘what he thought at the time was a hockey stick’.
Mr Oliver locked the pub doors for 15 minutes until Williams, of Sycamore Drive, Chester, had gone.
He then looked at his CCTV footage, which showed Williams striking the front door with the sword – which had a metre-long blade – a number of times, the court heard.
Williams was arrested at home, where police seized a total of three samurai swords.
He told officers he had no intention of hurting anyone and didn’t realise he was breaking the law, as he thought the swords were ornamental objects.
Howard Jones, defending, said Williams was upset with family members and took the sword to the pub ‘purely to back up his request for some respect’.
Williams will now be committed for sentence at Chester Crown Court at a date yet to be decided. He was remanded in custody last week.