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A furious motorist who threatened an enforcement officer with an eight-inch bread knife upon learning his car had been clamped has been jailed for eight months. 

Owen Miller, 60, was filmed waving the makeshift weapon in the face of officer Terence Mytton – a former soldier who suffers from PTSD – outside of his home in West Moors, Dorset, on June 17 last year. 

Mr Mytton had been visiting Miller after he failed to pay a £2.50 charge for the Dartford Crossing in Kent.

He clamped Miller’s Mercedes, parked at the rear of his property, before knocking on his front door.

Owen Miller (pictured), 60, was caught waving the makeshift weapon in the face of officer Terence Mytton in Dorset last year

Owen Miller (pictured), 60, was caught waving the makeshift weapon in the face of officer Terence Mytton in Dorset last year

Owen Miller (pictured), 60, was caught waving the makeshift weapon in the face of officer Terence Mytton in Dorset last year 

Miller (pictured brandishing bread knife) was jailed for eight months at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday

Miller (pictured brandishing bread knife) was jailed for eight months at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday

Miller (pictured brandishing bread knife) was jailed for eight months at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday

Miller (pictured) pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place

Miller (pictured) pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place

Miller (pictured) pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place

After being told his car had been clamped, Miller was sent into a rage as he returned inside his home before re-emerging brandishing the knife.  

Footage from Mr Mytton’s body-worn camera shows Miller wielding the weapon close to the victim’s face and body.

He then holds Mr Mytton at knifepoint and forces him to return to his vehicle to unclamp it.

Miller was jailed for eight months at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place. 

Throughout the ordeal, a terrified Mr Mytton feared he would be stabbed, as he is heard pleading with Miller: ‘Don’t do it mate. I have got children.’ 

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, told the Court that Mr Mytton went to Miller’s address to carry out a warrant issued by Northamptonshire County Court.

Throughout the ordeal, a terrified Mr Mytton feared he would be stabbed, as he is heard pleading with Miller: 'Don't do it mate. I have got children.'

Throughout the ordeal, a terrified Mr Mytton feared he would be stabbed, as he is heard pleading with Miller: 'Don't do it mate. I have got children.'

Throughout the ordeal, a terrified Mr Mytton feared he would be stabbed, as he is heard pleading with Miller: ‘Don’t do it mate. I have got children.’ 

This was in relation to the non-payment of the Dartford Crossing charge. 

Mr Ellacott said Miller was ‘aggressive’ towards Mr Mytton, ‘as if he wanted to fight.’

He said: ‘Mr Mytton stepped back trying to keep distance and that part of the incident came to an end with Mr Mytton handing over paperwork.’

Miller then returned inside before coming back out armed with the bread knife.

After Mr Mytton agreed to unclamp the car Miller apologised to the victim who replied: ‘It’s a bit late for that, you could have killed me.’

A victim impact statement from Mr Mytton said he had a history of PTSD from his days in the Army and that he struggled leaving his flat following the incident

He said he suffers from anxiety and depression as a result of Miller’s attack.

Rob Griffiths, mitigating, said the incident was ‘out of character’ and that Miller had failed to seek help for stress due to going through a divorce.

He said Miller wanted to apologise to Mr Mytton.

In jailing Miller for the attack, Recorder Hannah Willcocks QC branded the ordeal a ‘terrifying incident’.

Source: Daily Mail

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