Man threatens cousin in inheritance battle

Inheritance can be an emotive subject, as a story on Wales Online amply demonstrated this month.

The piece reported on a case at heard Cardiff Crown Court, where the defendant, fifty-five-year-old Lex Littlewood, had threated to stab his estranged cousin after accusing her family of stealing his father’s £400,000 inheritance.

Littlewood had entered Jane James’ home in Ebbw Vale on 4 April, ranting that he was going to kill her, and alleging that her mother had stolen a huge sum from his father. Luckily, other family members were nearby and able to remove Littlewood from the house, but he threatened to return and kill James.

Turned up without warning

The allegation on Littlewood’s part seemed to relate to the past, as the sentence hearing at the crown court heard that Ms James hadn’t seen her cousin in 15 years, and that he had turned up at her house without any warning, astonishing her.

The Crown Prosecutor Jenny Yeo said the defendant had asked to speak to the victim by herself when he turned up. She refused and he started to shout about the ‘stolen’ £400,000 and a farm. He then produced a farrier knife, frightening Ms James, who described his behaviour as “angry and threatening”. The police were summoned to the house and arrested Littlewood, recovering the knife later that day after he himself had been the victim of an assault.

Littlewood of Tredegar later pled guilty to affray. His barrister, Jeffrey Jones, told the court that his client’s sister had recently passed away and he was “greatly worked up by what had happened in the family”, and everything had got on top of him. The barrister added that the knife had not been seen close to the body of his cousin. Littlewood had been remanded in custody ever since his arrest.

Judge Niclas Parry said he accepted Littlewood had acted out of character having experienced “difficult family circumstances”, and he sentenced Littlewood to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.


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