Stepfather chased and threatened with knife

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AN ARGUMENT over borrowing money led to a teenager threatening his stepfather with an iron and a knife.

David Shooter was forced to flee his home in Gedney and run “some distance” down the street away from Ryan Hill (18) after the incident.

Spalding Magistrates’ Court heard last Thursday how the dispute started with the pair struggling at the kitchen door when Mr Shooter told Hill he could not borrow £10 at about 6.45pm on November 8.

Jill Darby, prosecuting, said Hill picked up an iron and moved towards Mr Shooter. She said Mr Shooter pushed the iron away and the pair fell to the floor before Mr Shooter’s wife and Hill’s mother, Yvonne, intervened.

Mrs Darby said Hill then went to the cutlery drawer and pulled out a knife.

“Mr Shooter feared for his safety,” she said. “He confirmed his wife was shouting ‘no, Ryan, no’.”

Mrs Darby said Hill was finally “apprehended” by three other people when he followed Mr Shooter down the street as he attempted to run away.

Hill pleaded guilty to one charge of assault and one charge of criminal damage to a kitchen door during the hearing.

Chris Pye-Smith, mitigating, said the relationship between Hill and Mr Shooter had deteriorated over the last four years but they had lived together since Hill was two.

He told the court Hill, of Stanhope Gardens, Boston, is now living with his biological father, who had attended court to show his support.

Mr Pye-Smith said: “I think as unfortunate as this incident is and unpleasant as it was, it has worked out well. This relationship has finished and he has moved on.”

Presiding magistrate Robert Chapman ordered Hill to complete a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work.

An existing conditional discharge, which had already been imposed on Hill from a separate, earlier offence, will also continue to run.

A restraining order for 12 months has also been imposed. Hill must not contact Mr and Mrs Shooter or visit St Mary’s Meadows, Gedney.

Mr Chapman told Hill: “We would like to see that relationship with your mother back.”