One of the two brothers jailed for running a Lapland-style theme park threatened a barrister on the eve of his trial, a court has heard.
Henry Mears, 60, leered over prosecutor Gary Lucie and told him that "mechanisms were in place to hold those responsible" for bringing the Lapland trial to court.
Mr Lucie was so shocked by the threat that he brought the matter to the attention of the Lapland trial judge.
Judge Mark Horton decided the allegation was so serious that it should treated as a contempt of court.
Mr Mears, a former greengrocer turned taxi driver, faced a summary trial before Judge Carol Hagen at Bristol Crown Court.
James Cranfield, representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), explained to Judge Hagen the background to the Lapland case.
He told her that in March this year Mr Mears and his brother Victor were both jailed for 13 months after being convicted of selling misleading advertising.
They were prosecuted after thousands of customers complained of being ripped off over the Lapland New Forest theme park based on the Hampshire/Dorset border.
Mr Cranfield said the brothers had been released on licence last month and placed on a home-tagging curfew until the end of their sentence.