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'Pay up or we'll burn your chip shop down' PAIR SPARED JAIL DESPITE ATTACK.

Byline: Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@reachplc.com

A SHOPKEEPER was viciously attacked after racking up debts of around PS4,000, a court heard.

Chip-shop boss Sukhdev Gill confronted the victim and threatened to burn his shop down.

Newcastle Crown Court heard his brother-in-law, Baltej Bhullar, then shoved and punched the shopkeeper after Gill's threats failed to secure the cash.

Gill, who was described as "middle class", told the victim: "Pay the money or the shop will be burned down."

The court heard the victim suffered bruising and swelling to his face, and claimed the duo's actions were "way over the top".

However, Gill and Bhullar, of Darras Road, Ponteland, were both spared jail.

In mitigation, Gill was described as a tireless charity worker and a respected businessman.

And the 33-year-old was said to have been "extremely ashamed" by how he has behaved.

The court heard Gill had also become "increasingly frustrated" over the lack of payment.

Bhullar, 36, and originally from the Wolverhampton area, was described as a respected community member.

The court heard he also accepted that he "overstepped the mark".

Gill pleaded guilty to putting another in fear of violence, while Bhullar pleaded guilty to ABH.

Both were handed 12 month community orders by Judge Robert Spragg, and ordered to each pay PS500 in compensation.

Bhullar was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, while Gill must complete 100 hours.

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2019
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