A MAN threatened to rape JobCentre security staff after he was told his benefits were being stopped, a court was told.
Daniel Wayne Green’s frustration turned to anger when he visited the Wearside centre.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how he ranted at staff in John Street, saying: “I want my money, or I will cut someone’s jugular.”
A shaken worker said she tried to give him information on how to appeal the decision, but was so frightened that she called over security staff.
So 33-year-old Green, from Sunderland, turned his anger on them, asking if they wanted to fight.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “She described how he was calm one minute and angry the next.
“He continued to make sexual threats to rape the three security guards and said ‘I have hepatitis and I will share it. I like to share’.”
Green, of The Avenue, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.
His solicitor, Gerry Scott, said: “The court is clearly going to be concerned when public servants and people going about their jobs feel threatened or intimidated in any way.”
He added that Green was suffering from mental health problems at the time of the outburst and passed magistrates a letter from his psychiatrist.
“His mental health condition was exacerbated by medication he was taking for an unrelated condition at the time of the offence,” he said.
“Although the threats were particularly nasty, they were made when he was surrounded by security guards.
“There were several people and he could have been restrained and removed from the JobCentre if he made any sign of acting on the threats.”
Magistrates imposed a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Green was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 towards court costs.
Chair of the bench Jean Brown said: “This was an appalling verbal outburst.”