Aberdeen man threatened ‘smash’ shop owner’s face in row over electricity card

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A man threatened to jump over the counter and “smash” a shop owner’s face over a row about an electricity card.

Jay Davidson, 24, admitted shouting, swearing, uttering threats of violence and making racially offensive remarks towards the owner of Nisa Local on Moir Crescent, Aberdeen, on February 17.

Fiscal depute Kelly Mitchell told Aberdeen Sheriff Court the incident happened at 9.20am.

She said the owner became involved when he heard Davidson telling a shop assistant he had given his step-son incorrect change.

An argument followed and Davidson was said to have shouted: “I’m going to jump over this counter and smash your face.”

He also threatened to “smash up” the shop and made racially offensive remarks.

Les Green, Davidson’s solicitor, said his client’s eight-year-old step-son had gone to the shop with £10 to put £8 of credit on an electricity card, but had not returned with any change.

He added: “He felt he was being mocked and not getting a straight answer from staff.”

Sheriff Gary Aitken fined Davidson, whose address was given as Balnagask Crescent, Aberdeen, £500.