Homeless man made threats

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A HOMELESS man threatened to kill someone unless he was given somewhere to live.

Christopher Karl Wray had been drinking before he went to the probation service offices in Avenue Road, Hartlepool, and asked for help to be housed.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that when Wray, 27, was offered a place at a bail hostel, he became abusive and he made the threat to “go outside and kill someone”, magistrates were told.

But Wray’s solicitor said his chilling remark was a “rhetorical question” asking what he had to do to get the help he wanted.

Police were called and found Wray in the reception area being abusive and was swiftly arrested.

Prosecuting, Paul Power said: “At 4.30pm, the defendant attended the Probation Service office, clearly in drink.

“He asked for somewhere to live.

“He was offered a bail hostel at Seaton Carew, but refused it and became verbally abusive towards staff and said he was going outside to kill someone.”

Wray, now of Catcote Road, Hartlepool, admitted being drunk and disorderly on March 14.

John Relton, mitigating, said Wray’s outburst came after he found himself homeless following the break-up of a relationship.

He said: “He found himself occupying his time by and large in drink.

“At one stage he went to the police station and implored them to arrest him so he could have a bed for the night.

“The probation officer gave the option to him, and he also wanted medical detox, but he came out saying he was going to kill somebody.

“But it was more a rhetorical question – ‘what do I have to do to get into detox – kill somebody?’”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Joan Fenwick told Wray, who is now living with his grandmother: “I can understand you have had problems, but the last thing you need is drink to make things worse.”

He was fined £70 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.