Man bashes builder over head with plank of wood then asks him: ‘Do you want a cup of tea?’
David Neil Morgan, described as having a ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’ also offered his victim a choice of being attacked with the plank of wood or a knife
A man bashed another across the head with a plank of wood then asked him: “Do you want a cup of tea?”
David Neil Morgan, 43, also offered victim Dean John Phillips a choice of being hit with the wood or a knife.
He was jailed after admitting blackmail and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The judge told him he had a Jekyll and Hyde character.
Rachel Knight, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said self-employed builder Mr Phillips had been asked by Rachel and Aaron Thomas to carry out work on their home under an insurance claim.
The court heard Mr Phillips acted according to what he believed was their agreement, taking a £2,025 cheque, keeping £325 for the work and giving them the balance.
But when he returned to collect tools he was told by the Thomases he would not get them until he handed over the rest of the money.
Mr Phillips was then contacted by Morgan telling him he now owed him the money. Morgan denied in interview he had bought the debt and that he would be going to Mr Phillips’ house in a balaclava to get it.
“He was aware of the defendant and knew he was capable of violence,” said Ms Knight.
Mr Philips and Mr Thomas went to Morgan’s home and was attacked in the kitchen.
Morgan ran at him and struck him with a plank of wood before threatening him with further violence.
He showed Mr Phillips a knife and, indicating both weapons, asked him: “What do you want, that or that?”
He added: “Every time you keep robbing people in this village I’m going to haunt you.”
It was all caught on a mobile phone recording that Mr Phillips had started before entering the property.
Morgan, of Richard Street, Pontypridd, told Mr Phillips he was “lucky to be alive” and that it had been “just a taster” before asking him: “Do you want a cup of tea?”
Judge Stephen Hopkins QC jailed Morgan for three-and-a-half years and told him: “You have demonstrated a Jekyll and Hyde character.”
Morgan was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.