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The chef wreaks havoc on the pub by sticking doors together with super glue and leaving beer pumps on in the pay row

Graeme McLaughlin superglued doors, spray-painted smiley faces and opened petrol pumps so beer was poured onto the bar floor in the two pubs in Gwynedd, Wales

Valerie Thomas and her partner David Cattrall ran three pubs - the Royal Goat and The Saracen's Head in Beddgelert and the Brondanw Arms in Llanfrothen
Valerie Thomas and her partner David Cattrall ran three pubs – the Royal Goat pictured, The Saracen’s Head in Beddgelert and the Brondanw Arms in Llanfrothen

A chef vandalized two pubs in Wales and caused £13,000 damage in a ‘revenge attack’ when embroiled in a wage dispute with owners.

Graeme McLaughlin glued doors together with superglue, spray-painted smiley faces on walls, opened gas pumps so beer spilled on the bar floor and left faucets on causing a ceiling to collapse because he believed he was owed money.

A judge called it a “revenge attack” on the Welsh business but spared McLaughlin in jail because he has stopped drinking, has a young son and has returned to Scotland. North WalesLive reported.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for 20 months.

Prosecutor Jade Tufail said Valerie Thomas and her partner David Cattrall ran three pubs – the Royal Goat and The Saracen’s Head in Beddgelert and the Brondanw Arms in Llanfrothen, in Gwynedd, north-west Wales.







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She said chef Graeme McLaughlin asked Ms Thomas for payment for the hours he worked in 2020.

The accused was “difficult” and was demoted from chef to sous chef after the discussion.

He later told staff at the Saracen’s Head that if he didn’t get the money, he would “smash up” the premises.

In September 2020, he left a note with the message: “To Valerie. You’re ac***.” And the next day, Ms Thomas found that the rear window of her Mercedes had been smashed and the side scratched with a key.

Ms Thomas was left “very emotional and upset”. The court heard the accused had gone to Wilko in Porthmadog to buy superglue, paint and a deadbolt to force open doors.

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Shortly thereafter, staff at the Saracen’s Head discovered that door locks had been superglued in place, smiley faces had been scrawled on the walls with black spray paint, and security cameras had also been spray painted.

Five draft beer pumps were also left running, flooding the bar floor. Cash registers, two card payment machines and an Apple Mac were all broken. Mr Cattrall’s Ford Mondeo was also damaged and a tire blew out.

At another pub owned by the couple, the Brondanw Arms, the upstairs taps had been left running with the plugs in until the weight of the water caused part of a ceiling to collapse. A Ben Tompkins van was also damaged in Llanfrothen.

Police were called and McLaughlin was arrested by West Mercia Police on September 19, 2020. He denied causing criminal damage but later admitted to the offences.

Richard Edwards, defending himself, said there was a dispute between the accused and the complainant over hours and wages – and it is moving on. However, the defendant concedes that he was trying to solve it the “wrong way” and should have gone through the “right channels”.

He regrets his behavior and is ashamed. Alcohol has been a significant problem since the death of his mother at the age of 14.

The judge Your honorary judge, Nicola Saffman, said McLaughlin, now at Annan Road, Ecclefechan, south-west Scotland, had caused £13,315 in damage in a “revenge attack”.

It was also as companies tried to recover from the effects of the pandemic, she added.

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