A man who told a housing officer he was going to “smash their head in” after being told he could not stay in his sister’s house, has been fined and ordered to compensate his victim.
Richard Seagrott was staying at the property in Daventry when the officer visited on August 28, and told him an injunction was being put in place to force him to leave.
An argument between the pair ensued, which ended with the housing officer running out of the building as she feared for her safety, Northampton Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Seagrott, aged 31, of St James Street, Daventry, admitted a charge of using threatening words or behaviour. The court heard he had a “number” of previous convictions, including for drug offences.
Caroline Emmett, prosecuting, said: “A housing officer from ASRA was visiting one of the tenants because there was an unauthorised person at one of the properties. It was this defendant.
“It was explained that an injunction was being sought to stop him staying at that address.”
The court heard Seagrott then threatened the housing officer, saying “I’m going to smash your head in,” at which point the officer made off, and slammed the door behind her.
Miss Emmett said: “She believes if she had not slammed the door behind her, he could have caught up with her. She had genuine fear that he was going to harm her.”
The court was told Seagrott “bitterly regrets” shouting personal abuse, and admitted swearing at the housing officer.
He was fined £35, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, and also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim.