Car dealership attacked by axe-wielding customer


Henlow Car Sales

A disgruntled customer attacked a car showroom with an axe after deciding his car was "no good", a court has heard.

James Hyett, of Saffron Walden, had bought a Porsche sports car from Henlow Car Sales in Henlow, Bedfordshire some ten years previously, but waited until now to make his frustrations about the vehicle known.

Luton Crown Court heard how Hyett entered the dealership armed with an axe and a knife, and smashed a window in the showroom, claiming the firm had not compensated him for the allegedly faulty car.

Hyett then broke the rear window of a BMW parked on the business's forecourt before slashing the tyres on a Land Rover Discovery, parked outside a nearby restaurant.

When confronted by a restaurant worker, Hyett reportedly became threatening, telling the man to "Come on then", while brandishing both the knife and axe.

Police later found Hyett sitting on a wall outside a nearby Esso petrol station.

The 33-year-old was handed a 24-month community order, which will require him to undergo mental health treatment.

Hyett previously escaped jail in 2013, receiving a suspended sentence for criminal damage, after leaving a severed deer's head on the checkout of a Tesco store in Essex.

He suffered a breakdown after having his employment at the store terminated, and was ordered to take part in specialist alcohol treatment as part of his sentence.