Customer head-butted door in shop rampage

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A customer went berserk in a Blackpool shop, scattering stock, throwing sweets and twice assaulting the shopkeeper before repeatedly headbutting the door.

Elya Najariyan caused £2,000 of damage at The Convenience Store, punched the shopkeeper in the head and threw a drinks bottle which hit him in the eye.

Najariyan, a 21-year-old cafe owner, of Rolandson Court, Kilmorey Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to two assaults, causing damage and threatening behaviour.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said the defendant went into the shop on Queen Street and there was a conversation between him and the assistant about the provision and price of cigarettes on February 10 at 1.20am.

Najariyan then started pushing stock on to the floor and punched the assistant in the face.

One hour later he retuned to the shop and started scattering stock again, throwing chocolate about and then throwing the drinks bottle.

Edward Henry, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, felt shame and had expressed remorse. Najariyan had fled from Iran as an 11--year-old after he and his mother were abused by his father, the court was told.

The defence added that Najariyan said the shop assistant told him he was not a good Muslim and had been rude about the defendant’s home country.

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