Sunday, 07 February 2016

'Serve my son ice-cream or I'll cut off your head', Cumbrian chef told

A drunk dad threatened to cut a Cumbrian chef’s head off when he refused to serve his son a seventh bowl of ice cream, a court heard.

The row started in the Sweet Briar Restaurant in Appleby when Edward Potts tried to buy more dessert for his boy, who was about five years old.

The chef, aware that the little lad had already had six bowlfuls, said no because stocks were running low and it was needed for other customers.

Prosecutor Adrianne Harris told Carlisle Magistrates’ Court that Potts’ friend, Darren Gates, then intervened.

He pointed out the child’s black eye and said: “That’s what happens when you don’t give the governor what he wants.”

The chef stood firm in his refusal but went back into the kitchen to avoid a confrontation. As he was clearing away some knives, Potts burst through the door and continued the row.

The court was told he demanded that the chef come outside and fight him and threatened violence several times – at one point saying that he was going to cut his head off.

Potts was eventually shoved out of the kitchen, only for Gates to take his place and continue with the threats.

The incident started at about 9.30pm on April 30, the restaurant had been full of families at the time.

Potts, 37, of Ernwill Avenue in Sunderland, and Gates, 40, of North Close in South Shields, both pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.

Defence solicitor Mohammed Aftab told the court that although it was no excuse, his clients had been drunk so thought they were the ones in danger when they saw the chef had a knife.

He added: “They are full of remorse for what’s happened, they look back and think that their behaviour was rather foolish.”

Potts and Gates were both put on probation for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work each.


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