A LAUNCESTON man who threatened a Coles employee with a knife will be sentenced on Thursday.
Gunnaid Anding Taher Ford, 19, maintained his pleas of guiltyin the Launceston Supreme Court today toassault and stealing.
The charges had been downgraded from armed robbery.
Crown prosecutor Luke Brett told the court that Ford, then 18, was with a group of people who entered Coles supermarket in Charles Street, Launceston, on September 26 last year.
Mr Brett said that CCTV captured Ford – twice – stealing from the confectionery aisle byplacingchocolate bars down his pants.
A Coles employeeconfronted Ford about his stealing, butFord went outsidethe store.
The employee used his mobile phone to call police.
Whenthe employee said”Launceston police station”, CCTV footage, which was played in court today, showed Ford takingseveral steps downthe ramp tothe entrance of Coles.
Fordis seenholdinga black-handled knife above his head andmakingstabbing motions with it.
An associate pulls Fordaway and heflees.
Mr Brett said that Ford told his victim that he was going to kill him.
Defence counsel Evan Hughes told the court that the closest Ford came to his victim was five metres, so the chance of injury to the employee was minimal.
Justice Robert Pearce will sentence Ford on Thursday at 4pm.
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