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Accrington homeless man fined over threat
8:00pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
A 37-year-old man who was already banned from an Accrington charity that helps the homeless and destitute, turned up and began threatening staff, including an 80-year-old woman volunteer.
Blackburn magistrates heard John Lomax arrived at Maundy Grange carrying all his worldly goods in two bags.
He then demanded help from the volunteers.
And he told staff they were ‘a waste of time’ when they turned him away.
Lomax, 37, of Elizabeth Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.
He was fined £70 with £100 costs.
Graeme Parkinson, defending, said Lomax had gone about trying to get help in completely the wrong way.
“Dorothy McGregor, who runs Maundy Grange, has a tremendous reputation and my client accepts she has done an awful lot of good work in Accrington,” said Mr Parkinson.
“My client is down on his luck at the moment but he shouldn’t have spoken to people in the way that he did.”