A YOUNG man has denied threatening to kill his landlord and burn his house down.
Darren Carl Seago, 20, also denies causing damage at his former home in Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port.
He chose to be tried by Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston magistrates, and will next face them for a pre-trial review on September 11.
Seago has pleaded 'not guilty' to charges of threatening to burn down Alan Edwin Thomas' house and making a threat to kill him, both on August 2.
He also pleads 'not guilty' to damaging fixtures and fittings worth £200 belonging to Mr Thomas between January 1 and August 2.
Prosecutor Michaela Lewis claimed: 'Mr Thomas received a phone call from another of his tenants alleging that Seago had kicked his door in the previous night.
'So Mr Thomas removed Seago's property from his flat.
'We allege that Seago then lost his temper and said he'd 'sort him out'. Mr Thomas claims that he believed he would be assaulted.'
Seago, now living in Weston Grove, Upton, Chester, was bailed on conditions of residence and non-contact with Mr Thomas.
Seago admitted a separate charge of causing £200 damage to a door at B&Q in Station Road, Ellesmere Port, on March 14.
Miss Lewis said: 'At 2.45pm he was at the paying desk, trying to buy some Stanley knife blades.
'He was challenged about his age and became verbally abusive to the staff and manager.
'Seago was asked to leave and escorted to the door. He kicked the bottom glass panel of the exit door and ran off.'
Speaking in his own defence, Seago said: 'It was an accident, I didn't mean it.'
He was given 100 hours community service order (CSO).
The Bench heard he is already doing 80 hours CSO for theft, and they ordered the sentences to run one after the other.