Clitheroe chef grabbed step-mum by throat in rampage

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VIOLENCE was on the menu when a trainee chef attacked his step-mother after she had taken him home to prevent a breach of his tagged curfew.

Blackburn magistrates heard how Arran Alexander Pratt grabbed his step-mother by the throat and went for his father too when he intervened. The court heard that as he rampaged through the family home Pratt caused £1,350 worth of damage.

Pratt (19), of Littlemoor Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to assaulting Victoria Chatburn and criminal damage. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, made subject to community supervision for 18 months and ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in compensation.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Pratt was on an electronically monitored curfew at the time of the incident. When he had not come home his step-mother tracked him down to the White Lion pub and went to get him in a taxi.

When they got home and she asked what he was playing at he “snapped”. He started smashing up the kitchen, putting his foot through a glass door panel, ripping the glass cover off the hob and tearing wooden doors off units.

When Pratt’s father intervened and, fearing an escalation, Pratt’s step-mother asked her partner to go upstairs and let her deal with the situation.

Pratt than grabbed a knife and licked the blade until his tongue bled. He pushed the knife into her face then held it to his throat and asked what she was going to do.

The police arrived but Pratt refused to co-operate with them. His mother arrived and managed to persuade him to put the knife down, but when he went out to the police he refused to be handcuffed and a violent struggle followed.

Mr Michael Blacklidge (defending) said Pratt clearly had problems but also had talents and abilities. He said he was training as a chef at Accrington and Rossendale College and had recently been to London competing and doing well in a major competition.

“He accepts that he behaved very badly and through his father he has apologised to his step-mother,” said Mr Blacklidge.