Man locked up after lunging with a fork at security guard
AMAN has been detained under a mental health order after attacking a supermarket security guard with a metal fork.
Adam James Harwood, 22, 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, who has learning difficulties, 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 last year, took place while Harwood was serving a suspended sentence he was given for affray in 2014.
At Chester Crown Court on March 4, Harwood was given a hospital order and detained under section 37 of the Mental Health Act.
At a previous hearing at Macclesfield magistrates’ court, 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 Mr Clarke approached the defendant to talk to him about his behaviour.
“The defendant lashed out, swinging four punches at him. Fortunately Mr Clarke was able to move out of the way and the punches missed him.
“Shortly afterwards a carrier bag flew past Mr Clarke’s head and hit a wall.
“The defendant then pulled a metal fork out of a bag and kept lunging towards Mr Clarke.
“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.”