Glastonbury Tax disc row man in court
A Glastonbury man who subjected a post office worker to a terrifying ordeal when he was refused a road tax disc has appeared in court.
Peter David Cullen became aggressive and started shouting and swearing at a female member of staff in the High Street post office in Street.
After leaving the premises he returned a few seconds later and punched the protective safety glass at the counter and then threatened to kill her, South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates were told.
Cullen, aged 46, of Meare Road, pleaded guilty to using towards Christine Wells threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour causing her to fear that immediate violence would be used against her on October 13.
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He pleaded not guilty to a further allegation that he assaulted a police constable in the execution of his duty during a separate incident in Glastonbury on November 13.
Prosecutor Gordon Richings said that Cullen entered the post office at 10.50am and became aggressive towards a female member of staff after being told he could not get his road tax disc. When she told him he did not have the correct paperwork, he became angry and swore at her, before leaving the post office.
"He then returned 10 seconds later and punched the protective glass screen causing the victim to recoil and said that if he saw her outside he would kill her."
Defending solicitor Gwen Browne said it was clear that Cullen was upset at the way he had been treated at the post office adding that he had issues with anger management and presented as quite a vulnerable individual himself.
The case was adjourned until January 18 for a pre sentence report to be prepared and the denied matter was adjourned for Cullen to stand trial on June 3. Until then he was released on unconditional bail.