Man threatened to stab security staff at Tesco store in Seacroft after being asked to leave for not wearing a face mask

A man who threatened to stab staff at a Leeds Tesco store after he was challenged for not wearing a face mask has been sent to prison

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:45 am

James Doyle made the threats after he was asked to leave the store on January 27 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the defendant became aggressive when he was approached by security staff.

Joseph Hudson, prosecuting, said Doyle's behaviour was "erratic".

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Tesco, Seacroft.
Tesco, Seacroft.

He headbutted a window and security staff formed the view that he was on drugs.

Doyle told staff members: "I will stab you. I am going to cut you."

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He was also in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Police were called and Doyle refused to comment when interviewed, claiming he could not remember the incident.

At the time of the offence he was the subject of a suspended sentence order for being in possession of a lock knife in Leeds city centre.

Stephen Welford, mitigating, said Doyle is a drug user and was on his way to collect his methadone prescription.

The barrister said: "He had gone without his mask and ignored the request to wear a mask and things escalated."

Mr Welford said Doyle accepted that he must go to prison.

Recorder David Brooke QC jailed Doyle for 12 months.