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Drunken rampage in city takeaway
A WORCESTER man went on a rampage in a city takeaway after drinking 16 pints of lager.
David Hilton, aged 24, of Henry Street, pleaded guilty to attempted theft of a cash till and contents, criminal damage and obstructing a constable in execution of duty when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court.
Sarah Stock, prosecuting, said Hilton launched a verbal attack on Muhammed Haque, the owner of Spices Takeaway in Barbourne Road, on October 12 because he believed his cousin was owed £60.
“He began screaming at him,” she said. “David became more aggressive and threatened to smash the place up.”
She said Mr Haque retreated into a back room because “he was in fear of his safety and sensed there was a situation about to occur”.
Hilton followed Mr Haque into the back and took a cash register before making off with it into the main restaurant.
“Mr Haque ran after him and a managed to catch up with him and pushed him from behind,” she said.
Hilton left the takeaway and smashed a safety glass window pane worth £300 before struggling with police officers when they caught up with him.
His cousin Martin Hilton, 23, of Norwich Road, Wor-cester, who was also in court after pleading guilty to obstructing a constable in execution of duty during the same incident, had worked for Mr Haque for a few days as a delivery driver.
In his defence, David Ollivere, said David Hilton had been released from prison in December last year and his time had affected “him a great deal”.
“His experience of custody has a real and profound effect on him,” he said.
“He made a serious attempt to take his life.
“He’s worked hard to reduce his alcohol consumption.
“It was a thoroughly stupid action to take and things got out of hand. It’s the first occasion he has drunk to excess since his release from custody.”
David Hilton, who is out on licence, was released on bail and is due back for sentencing on Friday, November 2.
Martin Hilton was fined £95, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.