Moment ‘irate’ man smashes up Covid screens in council office and threatens to SHOOT staff in the head after they refuse to give him an INSTANT refund for waste collection he paid for himself
- Harry Barnhouse, 22, smashed a Covid screen in a Swansea council office
- Footage shows the man fly into a rage because he can’t get an instant refund
- Following the outburst he’s been jailed for eight months at Swansea Crown Court
A man wielded a metal pole to smash a protective Covid screen as he threatened to shoot reception staff in a council office in Swansea, Wales.
CCTV footage shows Harry Barnhouse, 22, fly into a rage after being told that he couldn’t get an immediate refund on a waste collection he paid for which hadn’t taken place.
He has been jailed for eight months, following the outburst on September 29, Wales Online reported.
Harry Barnhouse, 22, used a metal pole to smash through a Covid screen in Swansea Council’s seafront Civic Centre
Swansea Crown Court heard that Barnhouse became ‘aggressive and irate’ after learning he wouldn’t be able to get an instant refund at Swansea Council’s seafront Civic Centre.
He reached through a gap in the protective screen and pushed an employee’s laptop.
In the video Barnhouse can then be seen becoming frustrated as he angrily throws a hand-sanitiser bottle at a Covid screen and walks away.
He then gestured at the staff before going to pick up a four-foot-long metal pole holding up a sign, which he threw at another screen, shattering it.
In the video he reaches through a gap in the protective screen and pushes an employee’s laptop
Tom Scapens, prosecuting, said that Barnhouse threatened staff by saying he would return with a gun and shoot them in the head while gesturing firearm-like motions with his hands as he walked out.
He was arrested later that day and in an interview gave a prepared statement saying he was extremely angry because a service he paid for hadn’t been done.
Barnhouse, of Sketty, Swansea previously pleaded guilty to affray and has no previous convictions.
He’d had cautions for threatening behaviour and criminal damage following an incident earlier this year when he spat in the face of an employee in a dental practice in Uplands, Wales.
CCTV footage shows Barnhouse fly into a rage after reception staff told him that the couldn’t get an immediate refund on a waste collection
Barnhouse then threw around chairs in a community mental health team centre’s waiting room.
Andrew Evans, for Barnhouse, said the man experienced a ‘difficult upbringing’ and understood his actions in the Civic Centre were wrong.
He added that Barnhouse had been working with a community mental health team but during the pandemic contact had broken down.
Judge Catherine Richards said Barnhouse’s actions frightened public servants who were only trying to do their jobs.
But she added that he was a young man who needed a high level of support.
She gave him a one-third discount for the guilty pleas and sentenced him to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Speaking after the sentencing, a spokesman for Swansea Council told Wales Online: ‘Our staff are here to support the people of Swansea, providing vital services and support every day.
‘We will not tolerate intimidation or abuse towards our staff and will take all steps to protect them.’