‘Arrogant’ antivaxxer, 58, is jailed for 21 months for smashing Covid jab centre windows with rocks in £11,000 rampage
- The Warrington man intended to cause ‘far more damage’ during the spree
- Paul Edwards, 58 was convicted of smashing windows at vaccination centres
- In his defence, Mr Edwards argued China was trying to destabilise the West
- A crown court judge in North Wales called it an ‘attack on wider society’
An ‘arrogant’ antivaxxer has been jailed for 21 months for causing £11,000 damage when he smashed windows at two Covid vaccination centres with rocks.
Paul Edwards, 58, was convicted of damaging property at Mold Crown Court on June 16.
He was arrested by North Wales Police after damaging five windows at a vaccination centre close to the police station at Llandudno on December 14, the court heard.
But prosecutor Anna Price said the following night he vandalised 25 windows at the OpTIC building in St Asaph business park.
He broke only one of the vaccination centre’s windows, but caused damage to businesses in the park.
No disruption was caused to the vaccination programme.
Paul Edwards (left) arrives at Mold Crown Court where he was convicted of damaging 30 windows in an anti-vax rampage in December
The devastation at one of the buildings attacked by Edwards. Making his defence, he claimed there had been ‘deliberate scaremongering’ about coronavirus . The vaccine centre was not prevented from running normally
Edwards, representing himself, denied two counts of damaging property.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said: ‘Both incidents involve attacks on wider society.’
The judge said Edwards had ‘Genuinely and strongly-held views which were critical of official policies and laws’ to protect the population.
But he couldn’t go out and break the law in order to impose his views on others who would have seen the jabs as a lifeline.
He added Edwards’s conduct was ‘arrogant and particularly egregious.’
Judge Rowlands told the defendant : ‘You haven’t shown any insight to the harm your behaviour caused, or its potential to have caused, vulnerable individuals. You intended to break into both premises and cause far more damage.’
A security guard was cut by flying glass during the incident.
Edwards told the jury he had been trying to obstruct the vaccination programme which was putting the public ‘in danger.’
He claimed there had been ‘deliberate scaremongering’ and there was ‘censorship’ in Britain.
Communist China had a vested interest in destabilising Western society, he argued.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Mr Edwards had not ‘shown any insight to the harm your behaviour’. He handed the anti-vaxxer a 21-month sentence for the damage caused