15th Jan, 2019

Family feud sees brother in court for street threats

Worcester Editorial 7th Oct, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN appeared in court after a family feud turned aggressive in the city centre.

Kevin Phillip Haden, of Horsford Road, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (October 2) to using threatening, abusive and insulting words to cause alarm and distress to Wendy Roberts.

Jackie Rogers, prosecuting, told the court the siblings got into an argument over text message in the weeks before the offence.

Mrs Roberts said in one message the 50-year-old had threatened to damage her car. Shortly after her vehicle and her husbands had been damaged and she believed it was Haden.

On September, 12, she saw her brother in the city centre and approached him. She said he ignored her and walked away so she followed him with the intention of challenging him about damage.

Mrs Rogers said: “He became abusive and started to shout in her face. She was shocked about what was being shouted at her.

“He was threatening to hurt her and she called the police and he was arrested.

“He admitted to shouting at her in interview but said he did not mean to carry out any threats. He accepted it was out of order and would make her feel threatened.”

Defence solicitor, Waleed Khan, said: “He does get on with his family but in recent times he has not due to the fact he got married and his sisters do not approve of her.

“On this day he was just minding his own business in the city centre when he bumped into his sister.

“He accepts he lost his temper momentarily. He likes his family. He knows they don’t like his wife.

“He accepts this is a very childish behaviour, he’s not 15 he’s 50. He has always walked away in the past but on this occasion he lost his temper.

“You have not seen him for 50 years and I doubt you will see him in court again.

“He fully accepts the seriousness of the allegations and is genuinely remorseful,” he added.

Chair of the bench, Stuart Allerton, said: “We have taken into account the certain amount of provocation in this case. You were followed and we have accepted your reasons. You have shown remorse and were cooperative with the police.”

Haden was fined £260 and was also ordered to pay a £150 court charge, prosecution costs of £85 and a £26 victim surcharge.

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