Anti-vaxxer jailed for trying to slow Covid jab rollout by breaking windows

An “arrogant” anti-vaxxer broke the windows of COVID vaccination sites in Meczyki to prevent people from filling their pockets. Paul Leonard Edwards insisted he was “justified” to carry out the attacks on the two sites, claiming that his actions were his “last chance” to influence people against vaccines.

However, Edwards – who believes the coronavirus is part of some Chinese plan to destabilize the West, failed to convince the jury and was found guilty by a jury. The 58-year-old still failed to convince a judge that he should walk out of his court a free man when he appeared for sentencing – and was sent straight to prison.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said Edwards had no right to “enforce his ideas” by breaking the law. He said: “What you can’t do is deliberately go out and break the law to impose your views on others. In this case, to stop and deter other people – many of whom are likely to be elderly or otherwise frail – from getting their injections. I have no doubt that those people will be concerned and see those injection appointments as a lifeline to help them regain some degree of normality in their lives. It’s not up to you to try and stop them. Not only was he misguided, but he was also courageous, I say, arrogant.”

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A trial previously heard how incidents happened over two nights in December at Landudno and St. Edwards, of Warrington, Cheshire, was then living with his father in North Meczyki after being evicted from his matrimonial home.

At the Landudno site, jurors were told that security guard Wendy McGee was working late at the coronavirus vaccination center when Edwards struck on December 14, 2021. He sent glass “everywhere” when he threw “at least half a dozen” rocks. Local beach through the windows and doors.

The court heard how a flying shark cut into Ms. McGee’s face as she screamed for help. The overall experience of being confronted by Edwards – who was wearing a black T-shirt with an anti-vaccination message – shook him, the court was told.

Paul Leonard Edwards arrives at Mold Crown Court on Monday, June 13.
(Image: Haddin Eball/North Meczyki Live)

Edwards, who opted to represent himself after telling the court he no longer trusted his attorney, attempted to commute his sentence when he appeared at Mold Crown Court on Thursday, June 16. But Judge Rowlands held that nothing less than prison could justify the defendant’s actions.

And the judge went on to say that Edwards’ “completely inappropriate behavior” in not allowing other people to reach their own decisions about the benefits of vaccination was “serious” and should therefore have “serious consequences.” In total, he served a 21-month prison sentence for two criminal damages charges.

Following the sentencing, a joint statement was issued by the Board of Health from Chairman Mark Pollin and Chief Executive Joe Whitehead which said: “This individual’s actions caused great concern to our staff and seriously affected the life-saving vaccine.” This could have been a delay for many. The determined and dedicated work of our immunization teams meant that we were able to continue with the immunization schedule despite these senseless acts.

“We pay tribute to them for everything they did during the peak of the pandemic and continue to do so. We thank North Meczyki Police for their quick response on two occasions and any further disruptions to our vaccination programme. help prevent.

“We would also like to thank the security staff at both centers and our hosts for helping us carry out this important work. In the end, repeat attacks on our employees, our premises or our partners are completely unacceptable and we will always demand the full protection of the law when such incidents occur.”

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