Dad drove at pedestrians after death threat in benefits row

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A dad threatened to kill pedestrians before getting in his car and driving at them.

Paul Parkinson said he would "batter" the men who arrived at his home claiming the 33-year-old owed them money.

The dad-of-one "became aggressive" and told the men "I'll f***ing cut you up" before getting in his car, mounting the pavement and driving towards them while still hurling insults.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Martin Sweeney and his friend, Mr McDevitt, attended the home on Vaux Crescent, Bootle, in a row over money.

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Derek Jones, prosecuting, said: "Mr Martin Sweeney had been using the defendant's bank account to have his benefits put into."

He said Parkinson had agreed to do so on one occasion, but Mr Sweeney claimed the payments into the account continued and was "of the view he was owed money by the defendant."

On August 3 last year Mr Sweeney went to Parkinson's Bootle home with Mr McDevitt and shouted "Parko" before he "started asking for his money".

Mr Jones said: "The defendant's wife came out and said they didn't owe him money and to go away."

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However, when Mr Sweeney didn't leave Parkinson "got involved" and "became aggressive".

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Mr Jones said he "came out of the house with a hockey stick" and told the men "Come back to this house again and I'll f***ing cut you up", "Come here right now I'll batter you" adding "I'll kill you".

The court heard the two men ran away from the home, but Parkinson got into his van and followed them.

Footage captured on Parkinson's own dash cam was played in court which showed him driving onto the pavement and clipping Mr Sweeney, who suffered no lasting injury.

Mr Jones said: "Mr Sweeney claims he was still shouting threats when he stopped and drove off."

When speaking to police Parkinson said "two people had attended his house and he had chased them away"

He also told police he had received two threatening emails which made him fear for his safety, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Parkinson has no previous convictions.

John Wyn Williams, defending, said: "Trouble came to his door as it were", adding that he has "genuine remorse" for his overreaction.

The judge, Recorder Eric Lamb, referring to a letter by Parkinson's partner, Laura, said: "I have read and considered she relies upon the defendant for support and the defendant has effectively become the principal carer for their son who plainly looks up to the defendant."

He added: "He served queen and country for a short period of time before he was discharged honourably to look after his father who sadly passed away. Undoubtedly it had an impact on his mental health."

The court heard Parkinson suffers from PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Mr Wyn Williams said character references describe him as "a man who is troubled by mental health issues " and someone who is "very supportive of his son and his wife".

He said: "Maybe the court can accept he acted, on this occasion, out of character."

Mr Wyn Williams also asked the judge to take into account the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic on prisoners.

Parkinson admitted affray, possession of an offensive weapon and dangerous driving.

Recorder Lamb sentencing, said Parkinson was seen "deliberately driving onto the pavement" towards the pedestrians who were "no threat to you and were by that stage walking away from your home".

The judge said: "You drove onto the pavement in what was a deliberate act of dangerous driving and presented a danger to the two people because of the manner of your driving."

Parkinson was handed a six month sentence suspended for 12 months and must complete 25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and must take an extended retest before he is able to drive again.

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