Rugby player trashed shop

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A customer went berserk in a Blackpool store trashing the shop and head-butting the front door like a bull.

Rugby-playing, Elya Najariyan, hurled stock from the counter and threw sweets and drinks bottles, damaging a cash register, scanner, mirrored front door and 6ft 4in window.

He punched the shop assistant twice and threw a drinks bottle which hit him in the eye.

Najariyan, a 21-year-old cafe owner, of Kilmorey Road, Twickenham, admitted two assaults, threatening behaviour and causing damage.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on 12 months supervision, ordered to pay compensation of £2,000 for the damage and £200 to the shopkeeper, plus £85 costs and £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Najariyan and two friends went into The Convenience Store, on Queen Street, at 1.20am on February 10.

After asking for cigarettes the defendant said they were too expensive.

Najariyan started pushing stock from counters, all over the floor, and punched the shop assistant twice in the face. The defendant returned to the shop at 2.45am and started trashing the store again, chucking chocolates and hurling drinks bottles.

Security staff tried to get in but could not because the defendant was repeatedly head-butting the door.

Edward Henry, defending, said: “He shattered the glass by head-butting the door like a bull.”

The defence added that his client, who had no previous convictions, said the shop assistant told him he was not a good Muslim and was rude about his homeland.

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