Pri­son warn­ing af­ter fork at­tack on shop guard

Macclesfield Express - - HALLOWEEN HORRORS - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has been warned he could be jailed af­ter at­tack­ing a su­per­mar­ket se­cu­rity guard with a me­tal fork.

Adam James Har­wood, 21, was con­fronted by se­cu­rity of­fi­cer An­drew Clarke af­ter he was heard ‘swear­ing and shout­ing’ in front of young chil­dren out­side Tesco in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

But as Mr Clarke ap­proached the de­fen­dant he lashed out with his fists, the court heard.

His be­hav­iour then es­ca­lated and he lunged to­wards Mr Clarke us­ing a me­tal fork, mag­is­trates were told.

Har­wood was even­tu­ally dragged away from the scene by his mother, prose­cu­tors said.

Har­wood, of Hamp­shire Walk, Up­ton Pri­ory, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing and us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive or in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

The in­ci­dent on July 1 took place while Har­wood was serv­ing a sus­pended sen­tence he was given for af­fray at Ch­ester Crown Court on March 28, 2014.

He will now be sen­tenced at a fu­ture date at Ch­ester Crown Court where he has been warned he could be jailed.

Deb­bie Byrne, prose­cut­ing, said: “At 5.30pm on July 1 the se­cu­rity guard saw the de­fen­dant with a fe­male. He was shout­ing and swear­ing.

“There were moth­ers and small chil­dren around so the se­cu­rity guard ap­proached the de­fen­dant to talk to him about his be­hav­iour. The de­fen­dant lashed out, swing­ing four punches at him. For­tu­nately he was able to move out of the way and the punches missed him.

“Shortly af­ter­wards a car­rier bag flew past the se­cu­rity guard ’s head and hit a wall.

“The de­fen­dant then pulled a me­tal fork out of a bag and kept lung­ing to­wards him.

“The se­cu­rity

guard tried to re­strain him. His mother then in­ter­vened and took him away. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV. When he was ar­rested the de­fen­dant de­nied as­sault­ing the se­cu­rity guard be­cause he had made no con­tact with him.

“Of­fi­cers ex­plained that you don’t have to make con­tact for it to be as­sault.

“He also ini­tially de­nied throw­ing the car­rier bag at the vic­tim, but told them he had sim­ply thrown it on the floor.

“He ad­mit­ted to po­lice to drink­ing two pints of lager and a short of whisky be­fore the in­ci­dent.”

Gra­ham Hall, chair­man of the bench, told Har­wood: “I can see from the re­ports you are get­ting some sup­port for your learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, which is good.”

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