Hartlepool thug convicted of threatening 'to stab his girlfriend's child'

He appeared at Teesside Crown Court.
He appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

A thug threatened to stab a neighbour’s partner and her child before saying he would burn her house down during a long-running feud.

Nathan Watson was involved in a dispute with a woman, who lives in his street, and with her partner, who lives elsewhere.

Teesside Crown Court heard that when the partner arrived to collect his girlfriend, Watson shouted abuse and threats, and allegedly brandished a knife.

Ms Atkinson told the jury: “Watson threatened to stab the partner, and his girlfriend’s child, and burn her house down.

“Police were called, and at the sound of the siren Watson ran inside his house.

“An officer followed and had to deploy his Taser stunning device to make the arrest.”

Watson, 25, of King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, denied affray and possessing a bladed article.

Giving evidence while handcuffed to a dock security officer, Watson admitted being verbally abusive, but said he did not have a knife.

The jury heard no knife was found at the scene.

As Watson was led from the witness box, he swore at police officers in the court’s public gallery, telling them: “You are loving this.”

The jury convicted Watson of affray, and found him not guilty of possessing a bladed article.

Judge Stephen Ashurst ordered the preparation of a psychiatric and probation report before passing sentence.

The judge remanded Watson in custody.

He will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

It came as the court was told Watson was under investigation for an allegation that security guards were hurt in an attack.

The assault is alleged to have happened as he was being led to the cells through a closed area of the court building.

Two security guards were taken to hospital, one with a suspected broken rib.

Emma Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “I can confirm complaints have been made to the police, who are making inquiries.

“That is clearly a separate investigation which will have to take its course in the usual way.”

The judge told the jury: “Thank you for your attention to this case, I can understand why you reached the verdicts you did.

“I am sorry you have had to witness some distressing scenes in this trial.

“All I can say is that even in the charged atmosphere of a court, such incidents are very rare.”

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police received a report of an assault on four men at Teesside Crown Court on April 28. Inquiries are continuing and arrangements are being made to obtain further details from the victims.”