In membership row, one enraged golfer sprays weed killer all over the course.
An enraged golfer who had been barred from his local club exacted his vengeance by dumping weed killer on a course green, causing roughly £16,000 in damage, according to a court hearing.
On April 19, Glen Newton, 55, was seen on CCTV wearing a balaclava pouring fertilizer across the green at Woolley Park Golf Club in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Newton, a retired miner, had “problems” with the club owners, according to Leeds Crown Court, which resulted in his membership being terminated in 2020.
Newton had a falling out with the owners over his treatment of club personnel, according to prosecutor Charlotte Noddings, and no other members wanted to play golf with him.
On the evening of April 19, the groundskeeper saw a masked man on the green on the club’s surveillance cameras and jumped into his car to drive a few hundred meters to the golf course.
Newton attempted to flee but slipped into the path of the vehicle, colliding with it.
The groundskeeper then from his vehicle and pursued him on foot, eventually catching up with him and ripping the balaclava from his face while photographing him on his phone.
Newton was apprehended later and admitted what he had done, according to the court.
He admitted to causing illegal damage, but he disputed the £15,837 in repair expenses offered by the golf club.
His accusations were dismissed by the judge, Recorder Dafydd Enoch QC, who characterized him as a “difficult member” who had simply “made a nuisance of himself and went too far.”
Newton was informed by Recorder Enoch: “I’m not sure what possessed you to act in that manner. Every narrative, I’m sure, has two sides; it almost always does.
“But the reality is that you took the law into your own hands and decided to gravely harm these people’s green in a very planned and premeditated manner.
“You acquired the necessary equipment and disguised yourself. You caused a lot of pain to the individual who had to deal with you. As a result, you accomplished what you set out to achieve, which was to cause significant harm.” Newton was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for a year, and forced to pay £10,000 in restitution.