South East Wales

Undertaker Julian Riley jailed for flour attack on car

Flour attack on Peter Elliot's car Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Funeral director Julian Riley admitted causing around £400 of criminal damage

An undertaker has been jailed for throwing flour over his neighbour's car following a parking row.

Julian Riley, 39, "lost his rag", blaming the Mercedes for blocking his hearse at Clydach, near Abergavenny.

Newport Magistrates' Court heard he took revenge on Pete Elliot, 60, by emptying a 2lb bag of self-raising flour all over his black car.

The funeral director was jailed for two weeks after admitting causing around £400 of criminal damage last September.

Police arrested Riley after following a line of white powder back to his funeral parlour.

Rob Simkins, prosecuting, said Riley was seen on CCTV pouring the flour over the car's windscreen, bonnet and roof.

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Image caption Riley has fallen into financial difficulty and put his hearse up for sale

The court heard the pair had argued over parking for weeks.

Paul Lewis, defending, said: "There was a festering dispute and Mr Riley lost his rag.

"He's spoilt things for himself by not dealing with things in a more common sense manner."

Riley was ordered to pay £200 compensation, £85 costs and banned from contacting his neighbour.

The funeral director has fallen into financial difficulty fighting the case and has now put his hearse up for sale, the court heard

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