Monkwearmouth man threatened to “Batter” female receptionist at Durham hotel because there were no rooms available

A Monkwearmouth man violently threatened a female receptionist at a Durham hotel after she informed him there were no rooms available.

Anthony Marshall, 63, warned the passing assistant, “I’ll have your job. I’ll batter you”, after being turned away from reception, a court heard.

Marshall, of Devonshire Street, Monkwearmoth, arrived at Hotel Indigo in Durham city centre without a reservation at 6.45pm on Thursday, April 18.

Police summoned by bosses arrested him for his threats – and then found him in possession of cannabis and cocaine, prosecutor Glenda Beck said.

Mrs Beck told magistrates in South Tyneside: “He attended the front desk at Hotel Indigo to request about a room.

“He was asked for his personal details which he declined to give, and he was told that he couldn’t have a reservation.

“He was rambling and was asked to move to the side so that other guests could be dealt with.

“He was heard to be kicking off. The police were called. He was heard to say to a female member of staff, ‘I’ll have your job. I’ll batter you’.

“It caused her to fear violence would be used against her. Police arrived but he continued to swear.

“Police placed him in handcuffs and instructed him to calm down, but he continued with his behaviour.

“He was searched, and a cannabis grinder was found with an amount of cannabis inside.

“He also had a small bag of a white powder which was field tested and found to be cocaine.”

Marshall, who has several previous convictions, pleaded guilty to charges of committing threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, possession of cannabis and possession of cocaine.

He also admitted failing to surrender to custody at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, November 18.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “He tells me he was arrested on Saturday, so he has had a taste of custody.

“It was cannabis that was left in the grinder, it was such a small amount, and the same with the cocaine.

“There’s the unpleasant behaviour towards the staff member. That could be dealt with by a compensation order.”

Magistrates fined Marshall £140, with £85 court costs and a £56 victim surcharge for the threats charge, with no separate penalty for the other offences.

They ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and grinder