Man punched out in fury when fired

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A WAREHOUSE worker lost his temper and launched an unprovoked attack on a manager when told he was losing his job.

Darren Baldwin punched the manager in the face, then struggled with other staff trying to restrain him before producing two Stanley knives and threatening to cut people up.

Baldwin, 44, of Sidforth Court, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to affray and assault.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, an eight weeks tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am, 12 months supervision, and ordered to pay compensation of £50 to his victim plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said the manager of the SPP warehouse on Blackpool’s Sycamore Trading Estate spoke to Baldwin and told him his temporary agency work at the warehouse was being terminated on October 23.

Baldwin attacked the manager, who suffered a thick lip and scratched neck, before producing two Stanley knives.

Other staff who intervened said Baldwin “appeared to have lost all control.”

Baldwin had previous convictions for causing grievous bodily harm, assault and affray.

Graeme Helliwell, defending, said: “He was called in to the office and summarily sacked. He accepts that in a moment of blind fury he punched out once. Four other workers rushed in and confronted the defendant, who sustained a black eye. The knives were not used. He has kept out of trouble for 11 years.”

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