'Threats made' over takeaway payment

'Threats made' over takeaway payment

A man allegedly threatened to burn down an Indian takeaway in a dispute over his method of payment, the High Court heard on Friday.

Gavin Toner also directed racist abuse at staff after being told he could not use a bank card, prosecutors claimed.The 19-year-old, of Shimna Wood, Newcastle, Co Down, faces charges of threats to damage property, assault, attempted criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.He was granted bail but banned from entering the town or contacting the business owner.Police were called to the Raaz Express on Main Street, Newcastle on 6 March amid claims that a customer was threatening to staff members of staff.Prosecution lawyer Philip Henry said staff claimed Toner had become aggressive and abusive after being asked to leave the fast-food outlet."He threatened to pull a knife on them," the barrister claimed. "He also threatened to come back the following night and burn the shop down."It was claimed that Toner had been drunk and tried to break the takeaway's windows once ushered outside.Mr Henry added that when arrested his reply was that he wanted to the press charges against the staff member who he allegedly described using a racial slur.Toner later alleged he had been attacked with a metal bar after his card was refused, the court heard.Luke Curran, defending, argued that there was no evidence of any damage caused by his client: "It appears when he attempted to pay for items the shop wasn't able to accept the card he had."He indicates that the owner was rough with him because he lit a cigarette."Granting bail, Mr Justice Gillen ordered Toner to live at a hostel in Armagh. The judge imposed a curfew and alcohol ban, adding that the accused must not go into Newcastle.


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