Drunk Whitwell shoplifter threatened to “slash” Co-op shop assistant

A drunk Whitwell shoplifter threatened to “slash” a Co-op shop assistant and “stab” her boyfriend and child when she challenged him for stealing beer and food, a court heard.

Friday, 17th September 2021, 2:13 pm

John Bramall, 44, was seen stealing by customers and on CCTV but brazenly returned later for more alcohol on August 15.

Prosecutor Becky Allsop described how after being told by a worker he should leave unless he paid for the stolen groceries Bramall “got in her face”, lifting his arms towards her.

Bramall then said he would “slash” the frightened retail worker at the Whitwell store and “stab” her, her boyfriend and her child.

John Brammall threatened to “slash” a Co-op shop assistant

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John Wilford, Bramall’s solicitor, told magistrates his client’s mental health had deteriorated after a split with his partner and had consumed “drink and drugs” on the day - including diazepam.

Bramall, of Portland Street, Whitwell, admitted theft from a shop and assault.

His case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.