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Furious owner slams ‘mockery’ one-week jail term for crook who smashed up shop


A funeral director has slammed a one week jail term given to a man who damaged his premises as a ‘mockery to justice’.

Michael Edwards, aged 30, was handed the sentence after admitting to damaging the shop of Wright Funeral Directors, based in Walsall Road, West Bromwich, on June 22.

Court documents said he damaged the lead on the roof of the property along with the glass on the front door.

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Wayne Wright, who runs the business, claims Edwards actually damaged lead on the neighbouring business, a dental practice, and also damaged one of his limousines.

Edwards, of Jubilee Street in West Bromwich, was also jailed for one week for damaging a Ford Kuga belonging to a dentist who worked next door.

His sentences were ordered to run consecutively – one after each other – but the judge halved the overall term after he made guilty pleas to both offences.

When he appeared for sentencing at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday, November 1, it was heard Edwards was currently behind bars.

Mr Wright said: “He didn’t damage lead on the funeral directors, it was actually on the dentist’s next door.

“But he has not been prosecuted for that. And he vandalised the dentist’s car on the car park.

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“He slammed his bike into one of our limousines and slammed his bike into our window, trying to break our window. That is what he did to our premises.”

Mr Wright said he did know why his business was listed on the charge sheet as being the one where lead was damaged, adding: “I have mentioned it several times to the Crown Prosecution Service and police.”

Asked for his thoughts on the sentence, he added: “It is not long enough, it makes a mockery of the justice system, the fact that they can do that to the funeral directors premises and just basically get away with it.”

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