Baseball bat threat lands man in court

RUNNING after a taxi driver with a baseball bat has ended in court for a 51-year-old Eastbourne man.

Martin Beglin, of Terminus Road, appeared before the town’s magistrates court last Friday (August 5).

He pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The court heard that Beglin had approached a taxi driver outside Eastbourne Railway Station on January 13 because he believed the man had clipped his elbow while he was on his bike during the snow a month previously.

He tried to speak to the driver about the incident but the cabbie said he did not know what Beglin was talking about and he wound-up his window.

Beglin then went home and returned to the scene with a baseball bat.

The defendant ran after the taxi driver, who by this time had a fare in the car, causing him to swerve in to the bus lane to avoid baseball-bat wielding Beglin.

In police interview, Beglin said that he knew it was wrong but ‘he wasn’t thinking straight at the time’.

He was unrepresented when he appeared in court and told magistrates he had ‘seen red’.

“I told police about him clipping me in the snow and I told the council. They said they would get back to me but they never did – they let me down,” said Beglin. “All I wanted was an apology.”

Beglin said he became angry when the taxi driver called him an English pig and he went home to get the baseball bat. He added, “I should have walked away but I had started work at 4am and I was tired.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Beglin to pay £85 in court costs.