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Homeless man threatened to slit the throats of Haverfordwest Job Centre staff

A HOMELESS man who threatened to slit the throats of staff working at the Haverfordwest Job Centre and hurl a brick through their office window has been ordered to carry out a 12-month community order.

Admitting the charge of conveying a threatening message before Haverfordwest magistrates this week was Darren Connolly, 37, who now resides at Charles Street, Milford Haven.

The court heard that on November 5, a Job Centre employee, was working from home when she received a message from Connolly was concerned about the recent cut in his Universal Credit.  “He started making threats towards the staff at the Haverfordwest office saying he’d slit their throats in the car park and throw a brick through the window,” said Crown Prosecutor Linda Baker.  Ms Baker went on to say that officers subsequently discovered Connolly sleeping rough in a tent on Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, where they found him in possession of herbal cannabis valued at £4.  Connolly pleaded guilty to the charge of drug possession.

Representing the defendant, Mr Tom Lloyd said his client was currently struggling to cope.  “All his support has ended and it’s proving very difficult for him,” he said.  “He had no intention of carrying out any threats of this nature, he had nowhere to live, he consumed alcohol and he lashed out.  He wants support, he needs support and he’ll comply with anything that you ask him to do”

In addition to the community order which requires him to a carry out 10 days of rehabilitation, he was fined £80, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 surcharge.  A destruction order was imposed on his cannabis.