A judge spared a tyres slasher who made his neighours life hell a prison sentence – but fears he poses a risk to society.
Convicted David Chandler vandalised the car tyres of his neighbour Jacque Cilliers after claiming his family had been abusive towards him because of his snoring.
Chandler admitted five counts of criminal damaged and confessed to committing 50 similar offences between 2004 and 2008 on Mr Cllier’s Suzuki Wagon and other vehicles around the town.
He also admitted a charge of making threats to kill and possessing a bladed weapon. Pre-sentence reports revealed 50-year-old Chandler did not have psychological problems despite his claims of mental illness.
But due to complicated legal constraints Judge Gordon Risius told Reading Crown Court that felt he had no choice but to give Chandler a conditional discharge for each of the offences for two years provided he commits no other offences.
Sentencing Chandler, who has been in custody for 385 days in relation to the case, Judge Risius said: “In my opinion, given your express intention to continue your activities there is a significant likelihood of serious harm to members of the public.
“Deliberately tampering with car tyres if not noticed immediately could have resulted in a blow-out or loss of speed and resulted in death.
“There’s also a very real risk of serious injury if you continue taking a knife out into the street.
“I have a very real concern that if you are released immediately you will commit future offences – possibly with grave consequences.”
Chandler was given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) banning him from touching other people’s cars without permission and stopping him from going within 100 metres of Mr Cilliers.
Judge Risius said: “I warn you that if you breach any of the three provisions you will be liable to immediate arrest and up to five years in prison.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office