Knife brandished during Kelso takeaway row
A fast-food takeaway manager who brandished a knife during an argument with a customer was this week fined £400.
Turgut Batkitar, 35, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Ozkan’s in Roxburgh Street, Kelso, on the evening of August 27.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court, pictured, heard there had been a problem with an order which had been placed on the internet, and when the female customer went into the shop to check the order, there was no food ready.
She contacted her partner who said she should cancel the order and get her money back, but the staff said they were unable to give a refund as the order had been placed online.
Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the partner went into the shop to complain and there were raised voices on both sides. He explained how Batkitar picked up a knife lying on the grill and demanded that the man left the shop.
Mr Fraser added: “It is accepted he did not intend to use the knife, but it was an inappropriate use of it to get the customer to leave.
“The incident was caught on CCTV which he provided himself.”
Mat Patrick, defending, said Batkitar was busy and under pressure at the time of the offence, adding: “Both parties were annoyed. Clearly he has lost his temper and picked up the closest thing to him.”