‘Conceited’ antivaxxer, 58, is jailed for 21 months for smashing Covid jab centre home windows with rocks in £11,000 rampage
- The Warrington man supposed to trigger ‘much more injury’ in the course of the spree
- Paul Edwards, 58 was convicted of smashing home windows at vaccination centres
- In his defence, Mr Edwards argued China was attempting to destabilise the West
- A crown court docket decide in North Wales referred to as it an ‘assault on wider society’
An ‘boastful’ antivaxxer has been jailed for 21 months for inflicting £11,000 price of harm when he smashed home windows at two Covid vaccination centres with rocks.
Paul Edwards, 58, was convicted of damaging property at Mildew Crown Court docket on June 16.
Choose Rhys Rowlands stated Paul Edwards had not ‘proven any perception to the hurt your behaviour prompted’. He handed the anti-vaxxer a 21-month sentence for the injury prompted
He was arrested by North Wales Police after damaging 5 home windows at a vaccination centre near the police station at Llandudno on December 14, the court docket heard.
However prosecutor Anna Value stated the next evening he vandalised 25 home windows on the OpTIC constructing in St Asaph enterprise park.
He broke solely one of many vaccination centre’s home windows, however prompted injury to companies within the park.
No disruption was prompted to the vaccination programme.
Edwards, representing himself, denied two counts of damaging property.
Choose Rhys Rowlands stated: ‘Each incidents contain assaults on wider society.’
The decide stated Edwards had ‘Genuinely and strongly-held views which had been crucial of official insurance policies and legal guidelines’ to guard the inhabitants.
However he could not exit and break the legislation in an effort to impose his views on others who would have seen the jabs as a lifeline.
He added Edwards’s conduct was ‘boastful and significantly egregious.’
Anna Value, the prosecutor within the case, stated Mr Edwards had smashed home windows two nights in a row as he focused coronavirus vaccination centres as a result of he claimed there had been ‘deliberate scaremongering’ and ‘censorship’ about Covid-19
Paul Edwards (left) arrives at Mildew Crown Court docket the place he was convicted of damaging 30 home windows in an anti-vax rampage in December
Choose Rowlands informed the defendant : ‘You have not proven any perception to the hurt your behaviour prompted, or its potential to have prompted, weak people.
‘You supposed to interrupt into each premises and trigger much more injury.’
A safety guard was minimize by flying glass in the course of the incident.
Edwards informed the jury he had been attempting to hinder the vaccination programme which was placing the general public ‘at risk.’
He claimed there had been ‘deliberate scaremongering’ and there was ‘censorship’ in Britain.
Communist China had a vested curiosity in destabilising Western society, he argued.
The devastation at one of many buildings attacked by Edwards. The vaccine centre was not prevented from operating usually