AN UNEMPLOYED Camborne roofer lost his temper with Jobcentre staff and threatened them on two occasions.
On January 13, Jamie Field, 21, of Pendarves Street, had walked from Troon to Redruth Jobcentre because he had no money but arrived two minutes late for his appointment and was told that no one was available to see him.
At Truro Magistrates’ Court on February 6, Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said he then became abusive towards staff member John Masurier and started shouting and swearing and the police were called.
A week later, Field went to a second appointment and was told that because of the delay, his claim had been cancelled and that he would have to reapply.
Ms Kennett said: “The meeting lasted seconds before it had to be terminated by Jobcentre staff.”
Ms Kennett said that after Field was asked to leave, he threatened security guard Kevin Stroud stating he would smash a glass and kill him.
Field admitted two charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress on January 13 and 20.
Rob Ecclestone, his solicitor, said Field was a roofer by trade but that things had started to go wrong for him in July last year when he split up with his girlfriend and had moved back to Cornwall but did not have a job.
“He had been without money for a few weeks,” said Mr Ecclestone.
“He says he does not like claiming benefits and is not used to the system.”
Field was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £40 towards the prosecution’s costs and £25 each in compensation to Mr Masurier and Mr Stroud.