A MENTALLY ill man who thought a neighbour had stolen his identity and so smashed his car window with a hammer and threatened to kill him has been spared jail.
Colin Causer denied that he had been armed with a bread knife during the terrifying incident but eventually pleaded guilty to possessing it.
There were times when I thought I was on the point of a nervous breakdown because it was all becoming too much to cope withColin Ackers
Today he was beginning a two-year community order, two years’ supervision and a 12-month mental health requirement after being sentenced by a Liverpool Crown Court judge.
The 50-year-old appeared for sentence after further psychiatric reports about the risk he might pose had been prepared.
Gerald Jones, prosecuting, said that at 4.15am on January 17 last year Colin Ackers, who lived in the same flats as Causer in Priory Road, Bryn, was awoken by Causer shouting abusive threats outside his front door.
He then heard his car alarm sounding caused by Causer hitting a window with a lump hammer until it smashed and he threw the hammer inside.
Another resident of the block saw Causer with a knife in one hand and a hammer in the other and shouting, “everyone’s going to die” and “I’m going to ******* kill you”.
Causer was also seen kicking Mr Ackers’s door a few times but fortunately the police soon arrived and arrested him, said Mr Jones.
When searched he was found to have a bread knife on him and at Wigan police station he said, “I’ve been stupid, I know I have but they have been winding me up on that estate.”
He pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage but denied possessing a knife and a trial to determine that particular issue was fixed to take place but he failed to attend court.
He was arrested on January 8 this year on a bench warrant and admitted the knife offence and breaching bail.
He said he had not been taking his medication regularly and had been hearing voices in his head and believed Mr Ackers “had taken his life from him and was angry and wanted his life back.”
Frank Dillon, defending, said that there was no doubt that at the time Causer, who has previous convictions including wounding with intent, was in a deluded mental state and believed his neighbour had stolen his identity.
The judge ordered that Causer undergo health treatment from a fully qualified medical practitioner. Causer was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
After the hearing Mr Ackers, who has since managed to find a new place to live away from Causer, said: “I have been under the doctor for depression and lost a stone and a half with all the worry from it all. And all this for doing nothing!
“There were times when I thought I was on the point of a nervous breakdown because it was all becoming too much to cope with.
“I was meant to be the victim here but I feel like I am the one being punished because I didn’t dare go out of my doors, dared not do anything if it meant going outside.
“I only felt safe locked in the car driving to see my sister in Peterborough or going to Wales for the angling.
“They say that I am one of the longest surviving people with cystic fibrosis in the country. Thankfully I have been able to find a new home away from this man now.