A businessman who caused an estimated Â£40,000 worth of damage to a pub after driving a JCB into it, has been let off criminal charges because he is the owner.
According to locals, 45 year old Mark Switsun was refused a drink after the 11pm closing time, he then left only to return at the controls of a 28 ton digger and ploughed it straight into the extension of the pub.
As a result, Switsun was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage but was released without charge, with police saying they were powerless to charge him. A police source explained:
â€œAt the end of the day the building belongs to him so he can do what he likes with itâ€¦We would have needed someone to make an official complaint about the damage he causedâ€
Only the year previously had Mr Switsun â€“ a wealthy shellfish factory owner – decided to invest Â£60,000 into the Royal Oak pub in Penclawdd with his business partner Colin McDonald.
A village local summed up:
“It was a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your faceâ€¦But I suppose the police couldn’t charge him because he owns the pub and he can do what he wants with it.”
Another local Rob Lowe, who lives opposite the pub explains
â€œMy daughters had just finished watching a film and heard a loud noiseâ€¦A JCB with long prongs at the end was being driven through the extensionâ€¦The prongs went through the window and were lifted up through the roofâ€¦My daughters were horrified.â€
Luckily, nobody was harmed during the partial demolition, though itâ€™s more than likely that Mr Switsunâ€™s pride and his bank balance both took a knock.
BT www.propertysurveying.co.uk 13.10.15