Guest threatened to ‘knock out’ hotel receptionist

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A man who lost his temper and threatened to ‘knock out’ a staff member of a local hotel has appeared in court in Chester.

The court heard that Kevin Jones, 35, of Brook Street, Chester had thrown his key card at a woman receptionist at the Holiday Inn Express in West End when he couldn’t access his room and then threatened one of her colleagues who had tried to talk him down.

Chester Magistrates Court heard he had been staying at the Holiday Inn on Botley Road, on February 21 this year when the incident occurred.

Amie Poole, prosecuting, described how Jones had been drinking and had gone to the reception desk after he found couldn’t get into his room. Once there he became abusive and threw the key card at the receptionist.

“She sought assistance from a colleague and the defendant then threatened to jump over the reception desk and knock him out” said Miss Poole.

Police were called and arrested Jones. He later pleaded guilty to assault and using threatening behaviour.

Miss Poole told the court. “He admitted the offences He said he had been drinking and threw the key card in frustration.”

The court also heard that Jones has a total of 35 previous convictions including shoplifting, possession of drugs and battery.

Becky Hay, defending, said he had recently been living with his parents but had to move out.

Magistrates warned Jones that he had avoided prison on this occasion but was on a “slippery slope”.

Jones was sentenced to a 12-month community order to include a curfew for eight weeks with up to 15 days of rehabilitation activity.

He must also pay £85 court costs and a pay victim surcharge of the same amount.

The Holiday Inn Express at West End is praised in Tripadvisor for the “friendliness of its staff.”