A Judge has spared a man from jail after he threatened a pair of TV Licensing goons with a baseball bat and smashed up their car.
Christopher Coulson, 26, appeared before Bolton Crown Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court was told how TV Licensing goons David Smyth and Christian Platt had visited Coulson's home in the town on the evening of 20th April 2016. The pair had visited the unlicensed property to establish whether or not a TV licence was required.
Coulson's partner, Sarah Leatherbarrow, had answered the door and was engaging with the goons on the doorstep when he flew down the stairs in his underwear, swore at the goons and slammed the door closed. A moment later Coulson reopened the door and punched Smyth in the face, before grabbing a baseball bat and chasing both goons away from the property.
Nicholas Clark, prosecuting, told the court how Coulson then returned to his property, put on a hoodie and then managed to sneak up on the goons, who were further down the road. The goons fled and sought refuge in Smyth's VW Golf car, which Coulson proceeded to smash up with his baseball bat.
Coulson later handed himself into the police.
Martin Pizzey, defending, acknowledged that Coulson's behaviour justified a term of imprisonment, but The Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Timothy Clayson, clearly disagreed.
Coulson was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and must undertake 140 hours unpaid work. He also must participate in 30 days of rehabilitation activities focused on anger management and respecting other people.
The TV Licensing Blog in no way condones physical violence against TV Licensing goons. Indeed, we condemn Coulson's act of aggression on that evening.
Our advice to anyone who does not legally need a TV licence is as follows: Ignore TV Licensing completely.
Do not respond to TV Licensing correspondence, do not answer the door to TV Licensing goons and do not waste your valuable time communicating with TV Licensing's scummy operatives. Keep the door closed and keep TV Licensing out.
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