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Suspended sentence for dog-walker who threatened to kill cyclist on seafront shared-use path

Llandudno Magistrates' Court hears of "unprovoked attack" in Deganwy last April...

A dog walker who threatened to kill a cyclist in an “unprovoked attack” on a seafront shared-use path has received a suspended jail sentence and been ordered to pay the victim £200 compensation.

The incident happened at Deganwy, near Llandudno, in April last year, reports the North Wales Pioneer.

Mark Albiston, aged 50 and from Conway, pleaded not guilty to common assault but was convicted at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court and handed a 12-week jail sentence suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order, under which he will also have to undergo thinking skills and anger management training.

Diane Williams, prosecuting, told the court that Albiston was walking his dog using an extendable leash and made no effort to retract it as Alexander Edwards, 37, approached on his bike.

Mr Edwards said, “Watch your dog,” and in return Albiston swore at him. The cyclist got off his bike, whereupon the defendant grabbed him and pushed him into a thorny bush.

He then pushed him to the ground and seized him by the neck, with Mr Edwards saying he struggled to breathe for around 20 seconds. Albiston also stamped on his chest and threatened to kill him before passers-by came to Mr Edwards’ aid.

The victim had to attend accident and emergency to have a hand injury treated and said he was wary of encountering his attacker again after the incident.

According to a probation officer, Albiston suffered from depression and continued to maintain his innocence. In mitigation, Andrew Hutchison, defending, said that the injury to Mr Edwards’ hand was an exacerbation of a previous injury.

Court chairman Darren Campbell awarded Mr Edwards compensation due to the psychological damage he had suffered, telling Albiston: “Given the offence was completely unprovoked and you demonstrated very little remorse for your action we feel the custody threshold has been passed.

“The reason we are suspending it is because we feel there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

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