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Man threatens to overturn car and kill woman for parking her car

A ranting man threatened to knife a woman driver during a row over parking in a suburban street

A ranting man threatened to knife a woman driver during a row over parking in a suburban street.

Michael Denham, of Coppice Walk, Cheswick Green, even threatened to turn over Shahin Hussain’s car during the incident on Southfield Drive, in Shirley.

Solihull Magistrates heard last Thursday (August 16) that Ms Hussain had been going to visit her mother and was parking her car at 6.45pm on July 31, when Denham came over and knocked on her window.

Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said the defendant had used racist abuse and told her: “If you don’t move your car, I will put it on its roof.

“I will kill you and stab you with a knife. If I see you here again, I will get a shotgun and put it to your head.”

He added: “The complainant was naturally in shock and frightened by the incident.”

It is believed Denham was also visiting his mother, who lived nearby, at the time of the assault.

The 53-year-old was later arrested after a passer-by who witnessed the event and took down Denham’s car registration, reported it to police.

Mr Stoddard said despite his threats, there was no suggestion that the defendant had either a knife or shotgun with him.

“It’s not entirely clear how he intended to put the vehicle on its roof,” he added.

When interviewed by police, Denham admitted to losing his temper.

Kamran Lone, defending, said his client “accepts and bitterly regrets that he used the [racist language].”

Denham pleaded guilty to racially aggravated verbal assault.

The case was adjourned until September 12 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.



Cathrina Hulse
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