Former Welsh Guardsman "lucky" to escape jail after he threatened to blow up Caernarfon flat


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

A FORMER Welsh Guardsman with post-traumatic stress disorder, whose neighbours were evacuated after he threatened to blow-up his flat, was told by a court he was "lucky" to escape jail.

Dylan Wyn Roberts, aged 43, of Llanbeblig Road in Caernarfon, texted his ex-partner saying "goodbye" and that he was going to kill himself, magistrates at the town heard.

Tracey Willingham, prosecuting, said he warned police he was going to gas himself and told them to "Get those f---ing fire brigade guys out of here, I will blow the f---ing place up."

A gas detector was put through the letterbox.

Roberts then told police he hadn't turned on the gas and eventually came out of the property and was handcuffed. He said he had drunk three bottles of wine.

Miss Willingham added :"The incident placed significant drain on police resources.” Two negotiators had been called out and eight frontline officers were sent to the property.

Deborah Davies, defending, said Roberts was "deeply ashamed." Alcohol was a feature in the case and he had engaged with a counselling service.

A four month suspended jail term was imposed with twelve months supervision and alcohol treatment, and a "thinking skills" activity.

Roberts must pay £145 costs.

Court chairman Gwilym Morgan told Roberts :"I am sure by now you understand the grave consequences of your actions that night.

“All your friends and neighbours in Llanbeblig flats were dragged out into the cold by your foolish actions; elderly people and children all out because of what you did. That can't be tolerated in a civilised society."

Mr Morgan added :"Consider yourself very lucky you are leaving this court and you are not going into custody."

Roberts admitted threatening to blow-up his home if the fire brigade didn’t leave the scene on April 2.


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