Irishman called Elvis Presley appears in UK court charged with knife crime at launderette
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Irishman called Elvis Presley appears in UK court charged with knife crime at launderette

AN Irishman named Elvis Presley has appeared in court in the UK charged with threatening the owner of a launderette with a knife.

Mr Presley, who shares his name with the 'King of Rock and Roll', has denied leaving a launderette in Dickson Road, Blackpool all shook up by brandishing a blade on January 23.

The defendant, full name Elvis Aaron Presley, pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court to threatening alleged victim Fayaz Ayub with a folding pocket knife during the alleged incident.

Mr Presley confirmed his name after entering the dock and when asked his nationality replied: "Irish."

A second charge, of assault by beating the same victim during the incident, was also put to him.

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He replied: "Guilty. I didn't beat him, I punched him."

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said the pleas entered were not acceptable and there would have to be a trial before a jury on the charge of having the knife to threaten Mr Ayub.

Judge Nicholas Barker set a date of July 11 for a two-day trial at the same court and bailed the defendant on condition that he does not contact his alleged victim, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

Elvis Presley left the court pursued by press photographers.