Blocked-in driver pushed theatre boss down stairs
Electrician said he’d disrupt children’s show
An electrician attacked a member of staff at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, and pushed him down stairs during a parking row.
Daniel Knapp, 41, left work at Dorothy Perkins, in Week Street, at 7pm and saw his car, in Rose Yard, had been blocked in by another driver.
He visited several pubs and restaurants in Earl Street to find the car owner before ending up at the Hazlitt Theatre, culminating in him wedging his knee against deputy manager Sean Hallihan’s throat.
Adrian Crossley, prosecuting at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, said: “The defendant asked Mr Hallihan whether the vehicle was known to him and he said he couldn’t assist.
“The defendant seems to have left for half an hour and then returned and repeated his requests that more was done to find out the owner of the vehicle that was blocking him.”
Knapp, of New Romney, threatened to disrupt the drum concert put on by children for parents in the auditorium on March 20.
His attempts to enter the main area of the theatre were thwarted when he was made aware police had been informed of the attack on Mr Hallihan. Mr Crossley said: “The defendant then released Mr Hallihan and walked towards the theatre exit. He was asked to remain for police to talk with him.
“At this point the defendant pushed Mr Hallihan again and he lost his balance because he was at the top of some stairs.
“There was a second push in similar circumstances and the defendant tried to exit the theatre. He was found by police and later arrested.” Knapp denied assault by beating but was convicted following a trial. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £100 compensation and £350 costs.
Mr Hallihan revealed to the court he was left shaken by the terrifying incident and suffered bruising across his entire body as well as a “bruised ego”.
Daniel Knapp denied assault of a staff member at the Hazlitt Theatre