A 35 year old local man, Richard Williams-Francis has been given a 12 month sentence after pleading guilty to threatening a member of the public with a “sharply pointed article” in an incident in Penarth town centre.
Cardiff Crown Court was told that on February 19th 2016 Williams-Francis, of Church Road, Penarth, was asked to leave a pub in the town centre after bar staff were informed he was “behaving strangely”.
Williams-Francis had also been seen by eyewitness Nicholas Hudd, from an apartment on Windsor Road. He discovered that the window of a relative’s car had been damaged and then saw Francis coming towards him as if to enter his property. Mr Hudd ordered him out. Another eyewitness then spotted that the defendant was armed with ten-inch kitchen knife and ran from him.
The defendant was later reported to the police and taken into custody when he re-entered the pub – still carrying the knife – the court was told .
The court heard that Williams Francis had no explanation to offer for his behaviour. Six of the 12 months of his sentence will be served out on licence.