Woman is sentenced for attack in fish bar

A MOTHER of six grabbed a shop manager and held a metallic object to his throat, a court heard on Monday.

Janet Stafford, 40, of Fitzgerald Walk, Bury St Edmunds, who was in breach of a suspended sentence, was made the subject of a 12-month community order when she appeared before Judge David Cooper at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Stafford had pleaded guilty to assault by beating and to using threatening behaviour to cause another person fear at a previous hearing.

Prosecuting, Nicky Miller said that on February 10 Stafford went into Rumbles Fish Bar, in Great Barton, because a friend, who accompanied her, wanted to speak to the manager about a problem he had had with her son.

Manager Memhet Koyneksiz did not know who the women were but when they brought up the incident he thought they were going to apologise and came out from behind the counter, said Mrs Miller.

Stafford grabbed him by the neck and held an object to his throat, at which point customers already in the shop left.

Sarah Smeeth, from the probation service, said that Stafford accepted she lost her temper and that Mr Koyneksiz was ‘terrified’ by her actions.

She said the object Stafford had in her hand was an insulin pen, which she used to control her diabetes, and that she used ‘a lot of prescription medication’ to help with depression, back pain and anxiety.

Miss Smeeth said that the mother of six, who had four children living with her, spent the earlier part of this year in a women’s refuge in Norwich but was now settled in Bury.

She said Stafford was currently attending classes in anger management and plans to follow that up with other specialised courses.

In committing the offences Stafford breached a suspended sentence, for which Judge Cooper extended the operational period by one month.

He made her the subject of a 12-month community order, with supervision, and ordered her to pay £100 in costs and £100 compensation to Mr Koyneksiz.