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Reading Magistrates' Court: Padworth man denies trying to get Newbury male sacked

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A MAN has denied threatening to beat up another male at his Newbury workplace and trying to get him sacked.

The 34-year-old defendant is said to have turned up at alleged victim Jason Durham's place of work demanding to see his manager, making lurid allegations and demanding he be sacked between April 5 and April 7 last year.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates' Court on Thursday, April 28, was Philip Ruta of Fallows Road, Padworth.

Reading Magistrates Courts. (55914719)
Reading Magistrates Courts. (55914719)

He pleaded not guilty to causing Mr Durham that violence would be used against him by his conduct

Mr Ruta further denied a charge of sending abusive messages that were grossly offensive, indecent or obscene in nature between the same dates was dismissed after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Mr Ruta faces one final charge – that of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a police officer harassment, alarm or distress on April 7 last year – which he also denies.

He was told the case could proceed no further that day and magistrates adjourned the above matters for a trial to be arranged.

Mr Ruta was meanwhile granted unconditional bail.

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