A woman has appeared in court to deny threatening to burn down a Northampton takeaway and telling its owners to “go back to your own country”.
Margaret Rowland is accused of going into the Flames restaurant, in York Road, on September 1, and making threats to staff before smashing a spotlight above the counter with a shoe.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Rowland, aged 45, of Hellidon Close, Kingsthorpe, and two other people were arrested after the incident.
Caroline Emmett, prosecuting, claimed: “This began in a restaurant, when a woman was threatening that she was going to burn the shop down.”
Miss Emmett said that after making the threat, a woman was heard to say: “Go back to your own country, you can’t speak English”.
Rowland denies charges of racially aggravated common assault, racially aggravated criminal damage and using racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words.
She admitted a charge of criminal damage, in relation to the smashed spotlight when she appeared in court earlier this month.
Rowland was released on bail, on the condition that she does not enter Flames.
She will stand trial at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court in the new year. The trial is expected to take between one and two days, and CCTV footage of the alleged incident will be shown in evidence.