King’s Lynn man admits flat row behaviour charge

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A row over an open gate led to a court appearance for a North Lynn man.

Mark Martin, 54, of Anderson Close, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour with intent to cause or provoke violence during a hearing today.

The court was told he accepted he had pointed his finger as part of a verbal altercation during the incident on August 3.

But he denied prosecution claims that he had forced open the door of a neighbour’s flat and twice attempted to punch the occupant.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, told the court the row had started after Martin was heard to make disparaging remarks about his neighbour’s partner after a nearby gate was left open.

He said the differences between the prosecution’s version of events and that of the defence would make a significant difference to sentencing and a separate session, known as a Newton hearing, would be needed to examine the respective cases.

The bench was also told that the case placed Martin in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for two offences of battery.

Magistrates adjourned the case until September 22. Martin was conditionally bailed until that date.