Defendant appearing at Boston Magistrates’ Court admits threatening behaviour

DRINK induced threatening behaviour in a Boston kebab house proved expensive for Anthony Elding.

Appearing before town magistrates on Wednesday, he was fined £300 after he admitted threatening behaviour on June 12.

Prosecuting, Jill Darby said the 21-year-old had thrown punches at another customer in the shop after earlier having had an altercation with his girlfriend.

The court was told that Elding’s victim - who was not named - had chosen not to make a complaint to police or the charge would more likely have been one of assault.

Mitigating, Liz Harte said her client had been working hard - including overtime - to service the mortgage on the apartment in Sutton Terrace, Boston, that he and his partner are buying. His income is about £318 per week.

On this rare occasion he had decided to go out for a drink with friends but, following 18 months’ abstinence, the effect of the alcohol proved ‘dramatic’, continued the solicitor.

Said said: “He is exceeding remorseful - he accepts full responsibility for his conduct and apologises both to the police and to the man he threatened.”

The defendant, whose partner was in court to support him, was also ordered to pay £85 costs and the £15 victim surcharge.

As he left, Elding assured the three members of the Bench - two men and a woman - that they would ‘definitely’ not see him before them again.

“Sorry to have wasted your time,” he exclaimed. “See ya!”