Man drank rum from store bottle and flashed blade

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A LITHUANIAN who threatened a supermarket security guard with a knife told police he would have used it if the guard had tried to stop him.

High on heroin, cocaine and seven cans of strong lager, Jurij Subko had gone into the Asda superstore in Queensferry on Tuesday evening intending to steal expensive alcohol so he could sell it to get money for drugs, Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told yesterday.

But the 44-year-old was seen by a security guard on the in-store CCTV in the drinks aisle, taking the top off a bottle of rum and drinking out of the bottle, prosecutor Matthew Ellis told the court.

When confronted, Subko, of no fixed address, drew a 9ins knife – also stolen from the store – and waived it from side to side in front of the guard.

Terrified shoppers watched as he pointed the knife and walked towards the guard.

As they approached the CCTV position at the front of the store, Subko left the store and was arrested by police shortly afterwards.

Subko pleaded guilty through an interpreter, to affray, theft of a knife and bottle of rum worth £27 and possessing a bladed article.

Mr Ellis said: “The defendant did not say anything as he approached the security guard, he just stared directly at him. He was very frightened and scared that the defendant was going to stab him.”

When interviewed by police, Subko said he had taken heroin and cocaine about five hours earlier. He had also drunk seven cans of strong lager. His addiction was costing him between £40 and £60 a day and he needed money for drugs.

The defendant was not working and had not qualified yet for benefits and was prepared to steal to get money for drugs. He had been in the UK for 12 months. The previous eight years he had been drug-free but since arriving in the UK had got in with the wrong people and become a drug addict.

“He told police he got the knife from the display unit and the reason for this was if he was stopped by security he would have used the knife. He would have harmed the security guard if he had been stopped from leaving.

“The Crown says this case is not within the powers of the magistrates court. He entered a busy supermarket, armed himself with the intention of using the knife if he was stopped while stealing alcohol – and that is what happened,” said Mr Ellis.

Phil Lloyd Jones, defending, said there was no bail application and asked the court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared for Subko’s crown court appearance next month.

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