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Burton YMCA support worker 'feared for safety' after stab threat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

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A WORKER at a Burton support centre was left fearing for her safety after an alcoholic staying there threatened to stab her.

Sharon Withers was 'mortified' after Robert Pace said he would 'slash her up', Burton Magistrates' Court heard.

Pace, 48, had been angered after his benefits were cut and held Mrs Withers, a support worker at the YMCA Reconnect centre, responsible.

She knew Pace as he had been staying at the centre for three months prior to the incident in April.

After waving at him as she pulled into the centre's car park in James Street, he began swearing at her before saying he would stab her.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said Mrs Withers took the threats seriously.

She said: "She was mortified by the threats and truly believed he would attack her and cause her harm.

"He shouted 'don't look at me, don't look at me, I'm going to get you'. She feared for her personal safety."

Mrs Thompson said Pace later told police he had been under a lot of pressure and had began drinking again.

"Clearly the defendant's problems stem from being an alcoholic," she added.

Pace, of Wilmot Road, Swadlincote, admitted using threatening behaviour. He is due to be sentenced in October.

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