A MAN from Denbigh has been spared jail after assaulting a support worker in Rhyl and threatening to kill him.

Alan Warren, 52, of Maes Y Dre, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Mold Crown Court today (April 19).

He was also made subject to rehabilitation activity requirements and a curfew.

Prosecuting, Dafydd Roberts told the court that, on September 21, 2020, Warren became upset at Gareth Winestein, then a support worker for Denbighshire County Council, after a lock had been taken off his door.

Warren was “verbally abusive” to Mr Winestein and his colleagues, and the police called.

But this also angered Warren, and he then punched Mr Winestein once to the mouth.

His “forceful” punch caused a cut to Mr Winestein’s tongue and lip, and loosened three front teeth, which then needed to be extracted.

This took roughly two years to be carried out, while he was also left requiring bone reconstruction.

After the punch, Warren told him: “I know where you live. I’ve got your registration; I’m going to burn your f***ing car up, and burn you in it.”

In a victim statement, Mr Winestein said he later gave up his job, and has worked with disadvantaged children since March 22.

He said he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as the lengthy dental treatment, as a result of the incident.

Defending, Sarah Yates said Warren, who had 18 previous convictions for 44 offences, has put the intervening period of roughly two-and-a-half years to good use.

Warren now has a stable life, has not re-offended since, contributes to society through voluntary work, is addressing his alcohol issues, and has found permanent residence.

Sentencing, Judge Niclas Parry ordered Warren to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements.

He was made subject to an electronically tagged curfew, prohibiting him from leaving his home between 6.30pm and 6.30am every day for the next three months.

A statutory surcharge of £156 was also issued.

Judge Parry told Warren: “The industry has lost his (Mr Winestein’s) services.

“He has given up, and other people have lost out on what would have been care from him.”