A MAN has been convicted of assaulting a security guard at the Tesco store in Mold.
Lucas Needham, 20, was alleged to have thrown oranges during the incident.
Needham, of Alyn Meadows in Mold, denied assault, claiming he acted in self-defence.
He claimed the security officer started the violence, pushed him into the display of oranges and he acted in self defence.
But his claims were rejected at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday and he was convicted of common assault after the incident on October 3.
He was fined £150 with £350 costs but he was not ordered to pay compensation as no significant injuries were caused.
The Mold court was told Needham had been banned from the store.
He was spotted in the shop and staff said they saw him picking up some computer games.
Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said when Needham realised he had been spotted, he walked out of sight down the produce aisle and discarded the items. When staff stopped him and asked him where they were, it was alleged he pushed the security officer and then after a struggle ran off.
But he was rugby tackled at the door by a member of staff on the tills. Needham said he had done nothing wrong.
He had picked up one game but received a text message from his partner to say there was no money on the card so he put it back.
Needham said he had done nothing wrong and blamed the security guard for pushing him first.
Damian Sabino, defending, said there was a bit of a “slap stick escapade” when his client tried to leave the store.
Needham had not been charged with theft or attempted theft.
It was the defence case the security guard had been overzealous but got it wrong, he said.
Magistrates said they found the prosecution witnesses credible.
They said there was no need for Needham to have used any force and they formally found that he had not acted in self-defence but had assaulted the security officer.