THE boss of a St Helens estate agency has appeared in court charged with threatening a disgruntled client with a baseball bat.
Richard Hall, 40, the owner of Brooklands estate agents in Newton-le-Willows, stands accused of launching a common assault on a man following an altercation which started inside his work premises.
He has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and using threatening or abusive behaviour following a flashpoint on the High Street, Newton-le-Willows, at about 2pm last Wednesday (July 10).
According to the alleged victim’s sister, the incident was sparked by an argument over a private rented house.
She said: “My brother’s been left with a black eye and his face was all swollen. Luckily the incident was witnessed by somebody else and I believe it may have been captured on CCTV.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that an allegation had been reported to officers of a “physical assault”.
She added: “Richard Charles Hall has been charged with a variety of offences following an incident at the Brooklands estate agents in Newton-le-Willows.
“He has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, common assault and using threatening or abusive behaviour with intent to cause a fear of, or provoking, unlawful violence.
“It follows an incident at the Brooklands estate agents in High Street, Newton-le-Willows on Wednesday, July 10.”
Hall, of Oak Tree Road, Eccleston, subsequently appeared before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week - where the charges were formally put to him.
The case was sent to Liverpool Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on November 7.
Hall was granted conditional bail and is yet to enter a plea.