A MAN who threatened to break a kid’s jaw while holding a chain has been spared a jail sentence.

Glynn Parkinson made the threat to a pair of children while ‘overreacting’ on the car park of Riverside Retail Park in the town centre.

The 59-year-old appeared to be sentenced at Warrington Magistrates’ Court after admitting a charge of threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.

Simon Green, prosecuting, explained how the offences occurred on New Year’s Eve.

The defendant was on the car park of Riverside Retail Park as the two complainants – a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy – were walking past.


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The court heard how they saw the defendant looking at them ‘as if to say what are you looking at’.

Parkinson then produced a chain and 'continued to be verbally abusive' towards them.

This included him stating: “Come near me and I’ll break your jaw.”

Mr Green clarified to the court that the chain was not brandished in any way, and that it was simply in his possession as he was shouting.

He also revealed to the court that Parkinson had last been before the court in 2005 for an offence of possession of an offensive weapon.

Before sentencing, district judge Mark Hadfield stated that the defendant was entitled to full credit for his guilty plea at the first opportunity.

“You overreacted due to previous experience in the town centre,” he added.

“This was a serious matter, but it can be dealt with by way of a community penalty.”

Parkinson, of Pickmere Street in Sankey Bridges, was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

This includes 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 60 hours of unpaid work in and for the benefit of the community.

He was also ordered to pay a £95 surcharge to fund victim services and £85 in court costs.