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Clash at Uttoxeter charity shop before court

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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A MAN has been handed a 12-month community order by magistrates after grabbing a 15-year-old boy by the tie and calling him ‘cocky’ in Uttoxeter.

Kevin Purvis, 44, of Chapel Lane, Rangemore, was convicted on April 4 after a trial during which he pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating.

Now he has appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court for the bench to consider a pre-sentence report on him.

The court heard how Purvis had been visiting The Maltings shopping centre with his daughter and went into a charity shop on October 21.

The teenage victim was walking past with a group of friends when one threw a 10p piece in the air. The coin hit the shop window.

Purvis left the shop to confront the group, accusing them of following him.

He went up to the victim and told him ‘your dad would be ashamed’, while grabbing him by the tie.

He then told the group to look for the coin and pick it up before walking away from the shop.

At the trial, the victim said he did not receive any injuries but had felt intimidated and was shaken by the events.

Purvis, who has a previous conviction for common assault, represented himself and handed over his own written version of the incident, which included details of the trial.

However he was told that as a pre-sentence report had already been prepared, this would not be taken into account.

In addition to the 12-month community order, for which he will receive 12 months supervision, Purvis was also ordered to pay £620 court costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

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