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Colwyn Bay - Colwyn Bay man filled his flat with smoke and threatened to 'blow it up'

Colwyn Bay man filled his flat with smoke and threatened to 'blow it up'

Published date: 05 August 2014 | 
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COLWYN Bay man who felt that his concerns about his flat and neighbours were not being addressed deliberately filled the premises with smoke to attract attention, a court heard.

David Maxwell Williams, aged 40, allegedly shouted through a broken window: “I’m going to blow this place up. I’ve got a bomb and I want the Army here now.”

Williams denied making such a threat but at Llandudno magistrates’ court pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to windows of the flat in Abergele Road and to a public order offence.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said the police and fire service attended the incident on April 6 and though the officers drew their Tasers ready to restrain him Wiliiams did not struggle.

He later said he had been increasingly unhappy about other tenants in the building smoking cannabis and the fact that the fire alarm in his float was not working.

Paul McAlinden, defending, said that Williams was an intelligent man who had had a good job in the City of London but had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and borderline autism.

His flat was provided for him by social services but he had repeatedly raised concerns about the neighbours.

About two days before the offences occurred he started smelling gas and was “in a state of anxiety”.

He filled the place with smoke by burning spaghetti.

“He thought that a fire was the only way he could highlight his concerns,” said Mr McAlinden. “It was essentially a cry for help.”

The bench adjourned sentence for one week on Williams, who now lives in Plough Street, Llanrwst.

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