Chef at­tacked diner af­ter food com­plaints

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ACHEF wielded a foot-long knife af­ter cus­tomers com­plained about his food, a court heard.

Marco An­to­nio Sevilla, 37, had been drink­ing on duty as a chef in the Puss in Boots pub in Mac­cles­field and lost his tem­per when cus­tomers com­plained.

When man­ager Deb­bie Threlfall con­fronted him, Sevilla, who’d drunk eight bot­tles of beer, flew into a rage, be­com­ing abu­sive and de­mand­ing his wages, the hear­ing was told.

Ch­ester Crown Court heard that Mrs Threlfall re­fused and asked him to leave when Sevilla picked up a kitchen knife and started wav­ing it around close to her – con­tin­u­ing to de­mand money.

He slammed the knife down, caus­ing it to break be­fore stum­bling into the bar to con­tinue his out­burst in front of cus­tomers. When one cus­tomer, Wayne Lo­mas, stepped in, he was at­tacked by Sevilla who pushed his face – knock­ing him back­wards, the court heard.

Sevilla, who was al­ready in prison for other of­fences, was jailed for six months.

Prose­cu­tor Michael Whitty said: “The de­fen­dant said any­one with a prob­lem with the food could talk to him. He took hold of a large kitchen knife, which was up to a foot long, and started wav­ing it around in front of his own face. The kitchen is only about 20ft so Mrs Threlfall was con­cerned what could hap­pen.”

Mr Whitty said that Sevilla then went into the pub, adding: “Wayne Lo­mas asked him to calm down and not to swear in front of his son. He asked Mr Lo­mas to go out­side, said he looked like a healthy man but would not look healthy for long. He pushed his face with his fore­fin­ger and us­ing his whole palm shoved his face, knock­ing him back­wards.”

Sevilla, of Up­per Brook Street, Manch­ester, pleaded guilty to af­fray and as­sault at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Myles Wil­son, de­fend­ing, said: “He’s suf­fered trauma in his past but must take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“He had been work­ing there for some time but then his part­ner started work­ing there too. It was her first night and col­leagues were teas­ing him.

“There’s an­other side to his char­ac­ter. He’s a grad- uate and ref­er­ences say he’s in­tel­li­gent and car­ing. It’s a tragedy he’s here.”

Judge Ni­cholas Wood­ward said: “Th­ese are very se­ri­ous mat­ters. While I ac­cept you have pos­i­tive sides to your char­ac­ter, you have a long his­tory of vi­o­lent of­fences and com­mit­ted th­ese of­fences while on bail.”

The Puss in Boots pub and Marco Sevilla (left)

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