A man threw shop weighing scales at a newsagent - in a bid to stop a row escalating between the victim and his friend.

Hardeep Bhullar was attacked shortly after opening his Linthwaite store up for the day. Ajmer Singh, of Thornleigh Road in Crosland Moor, pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

He had gone to Bhullars Newsagents in support of his friend who was unhappy about the shopkeeper’s relationship with his sister.

Prosecutor Bill Astin told the court that the men entered the store at just before 7am on April 13. Both were known to Mr Bhullar and there was a short conversation in a Punjabi were there was an “exchange of views”, Mr Astin said.

Mr Astin told the court: “The second male had his hand up covering his face and the defendant told him he needed to sort this out and said something about the CCTV cameras.

“The complainant laughed at this as he thought it was a joke.

“Mr Singh said: ‘I’m trying to stop my mate from beating you up’.”

Singh threw the scales weighing pan at Hardeep Bhullar (stock image)
Singh threw the scales weighing pan at Hardeep Bhullar (stock image)

At this point Mr Bhullar asked both men to leave and Singh’s friend grabbed hold of him, pulling him over the counter.

He then attempted to punch the newsagent but missed when he ducked.

Mr Astin said: “The defendant picked up the weighing pan on the shop scales and threw it at his head.

“He (Mr Bhullar) had to duck and it must have been a very unnerving experience.”

Ian Whiteley, mitigating, said that the sister of the friend of his client had been having a relationship with Mr Bhullar and this was not acceptable to his family.

The relationship had ended but when it rekindled 33-year-old Singh’s friend had wanted to go to the store to speak with Mr Bhullar’s mother who usually works there.

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Mr Whiteley said: “The defendant attended because he knew the family and didn’t know his friend would use violence against the complainant.

“He picked up something to try and stop the fighting.”

District Judge Michael Fanning sentenced Singh, who runs a fish and chip shop in Huddersfield town centre, to a community order with up to 25 days of rehabilitation activities.

He must pay Mr Bhullar £100 compensation as well as £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.