Man charged with wasting police time

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 4:40 am
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A man has been charged with wasting police time after an alleged incident sparked a six-and-a-half-hour siege in Port St Mary.

Aidan Christopher Bainton is accused of wielding a Jerry can marked as containing petrol and sparking a lighter while police were outside his home.

The 30-year-old is yet to enter a plea to the charge.

He appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody by Deputy High Bailiff James Brooks.

Prosecuting advocate Hazel Carroon told the court that Mr Bainton is alleged to have made 999 calls to police on June 13, relating to a historical civil matter.

He was then said to have made threats to harm himself resulting in police attending his Victoria Road home in Port St Mary.

After officers arrived, Mr Bainton is accused of holding a Jerry can, which was marked as containing petrol, and sparking a lighter six times, saying: ‘If I have any thought you will enter, this is going everywhere.’

Neighbours were evacuated and police negotiators and the fire service attended the scene.

The road was closed, with a siege said to have lasted six and a half hours before police forced entry to the property.

The Jerry can was found to not have contained petrol.

Mr Bainton was represented in court by advocate Paul Glover who made a bail application for his client.

However, Deputy High Bailiff Mr Brooks refused bail and remanded Mr Bainton in custody.

The case was adjourned until June 21.