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Stamford man admits threatening behaviour during incident at Nisa

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A man grappled with a shop assistant and smashed a display stand before sending a threatening text message and video.

Reece Newton, of Holland Road, Stamford, admitted threatening behaviour, damaging property and sending a threatening message during an incident at Nisa in Drift Road.

The 20-year-old appeared at Boston Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, April 27).

Boston courthouse
Boston courthouse

Prosecuter Marie Stace said he went into the branch on February 8 where there had been a squaring up between him and shop assistant Tyler Evans, before the pair started squabbling with swinging fists and mauling.

A newspaper display stand was knocked over and destroyed during the scuffle.

The court heard that Newton and Mr Evans, as well as another assistant Joshua Thompson, had been at school together and Mr Thompson tried to get between them to stop the fight.

Following the incident, Newton sent a threatening text message to Mr Thompson and a video of him wielding a knife and threatening to 'slice' him and 'stab you both'.

Ms Stace added that Mr Evans had also been charged with threatening behaviour and damage and was due to appear in a different court.

In mitigation, it was said there were issues between Newton and Mr Evans, which had 'spilt over' on that day.

It was said Newton 'thoroughly regrets' his behaviour and wished it hadn't happened and also saying he had not meant any of the threats he had made in the text messages.

The case was adjourned until May 10 for sentencing.

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