Motorist accused of smashing car with guitar

Posted 12 Mar 2011 in Guitar Crime

It is alleged that a 44 year old man released years of bottled-up frustration by smashing up his neighbour’s Nissan with a guitar.

Gray is then accused of hurling racist threats at his black neighbour – telling her: ”Do you want a Jihad war?”.

He denies two counts of criminal damage, causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, and resisting a police constable.

Bristol Magistrates Court heard how years of animosity between the man and his neighbour came to head in the early hours of December 11 last year.

On the night in question, the neighbour said that he came out of his house in Eastville, Bristol, with a wooden guitar and used it to smash her car’s headlights, side windows and rear windscreen, the jury was told.

The accused man, representing himself in court, said CCTV showed the Nissan Pajero was parked on the kerb, illegally, blocking access to his house.

One of the police officers called to the incident said she heard the man shout extreme racist threats as he was being escorted away from the scene.

The case continues.


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