Man sentenced after having Samurai sword outside Welwyn Garden City pub

FUELLED with drink Taury Ponting-Meade armed himself with a Samurai sword and a pellet gun after watching an England World Cup match.

The 21-year-old’s girlfriend, Lucy Williams, had been in a confrontation with Andrew Simmons as they and scores of others viewed the 1-1 draw against the USA at the Oak Tavern in WGC.

After the game Ponting-Meade and Ms Willams went back to his nearby flat in Little Hardings and while Ms Williams was in another room he grabbed the weapons and returned to the pub for a show down, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

He was shouting: “Come on. You don’t want to f... with me.”

More than 70 men came out and some attacked Ponting-Meade.


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He ended up on the ground and three of them held him down, as he shouted “I am going to f...... kill you”.

Two police officers arrived, and as the masses left, a bottle was thrown cutting Ponting-Meade’s head.

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He claimed to the officers that Mr Simmons had “punched his missus”.

Prosecutor Simon Wilshire said Ponting-Meade went on: “I am going to cut them into little pieces and dump their heads in Epping Forest.”

Ponting-Meade now of Nicholls Close, Barton-Le-Clay near Luton, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to causing affray on June 12, having an offensive weapon and an imitation firearm.

At his home police found another knife and sword.

Fred Ferguson, defending, said Ponting-Meade was prepared to allow all the weapons be forfeited.

He said Mr Simmons had stood close to the couple and had intimidated them throughout the game. “He [Ponting-Meade] unwisely took the decision to leave the flat and take the gun and the sword.

“He had been drinking.

“He was in a very agitated state.”

Ponting-Meade had been working as a labourer and intended to go to Waltham Forest College.

Recorder Mark Dennis QC told Ponting-Meade: “This offence could have led to very serious public disorder.

“This was a disgraceful episode of behaviour caused by the red mist of anger descending on you.

“There was no justification for you leaving your flat and returning to the scene.”

The judge passed a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work. He must also attend an aggression replacement training programme.

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