A car park had to be evacuated and police were called in to inspect an envelope which had mysterious powder inside it, believed to be dangerous – the truth, it was curry powder.
62-year-old Narval Johnson, of Farndale Avenue, Wolverhampton, appeared in front of the city’s magistrate’s court earlier this week on charges of sending a threatening letter with the purpose of causing anxiety and distress.
The local resident accepted that he had sent the letter, which was filled with coriander powder, garlic powder and black pepper, yet insisted no threat was intended rather it was just a ‘joke’.
Over the two months prior to his offence, the court heard how Johnson had sent a total of 24 threatening letters to the City Council, disgruntled after receiving his latest council bills.
Some letters were addressed to ‘Satan’s people’ whilst the number 666 was often scribed throughout the text. Another claimed that Johnson was owed £3trillion in compensation by various agencies.
The latest package sent by the aggravator included two envelopes stapled together; one with the curry powder inside and a second, with crudely drawn crucifixes across it, with equally disturbing content.
The court was told that the second envelope had cut up bank cards inside and a hand written note reading: “To Barclaycard white old man…All your s*** is inside.”
Taking the stand in court, Johnson began shouting before saying he had sent the letter to the council hoping it would be passed on to ‘the Barclay boys’.
Defendant for Johnson, Mrs Bally Paul, said her client had never intended the package to be deemed a ‘threat’ adding that the smell of curry powder should have been a clear indication to this.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charge of sending a threatening letter for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety but was found guilty by magistrates.
He is due to be sentenced on the 24th January.