Elvis Presley denies threatening man with knife in launderette – National 

Elvis Presley will face a trial later this year
Elvis Presley will face a trial later this year
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AN Irishman named Elvis Presley has denied leaving a launderette all shook up by brandishing a knife.

The defendant, whose full name is Elvis Aaron Presley, pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court to threatening alleged victim Fayaz Ayub with a folding pocket knife at the shop in Dickenson Road, Blackpool, on January 23.

Presley, wearing a brown coat and black shirt, confirmed his name after he entered the dock and asked his nationality replied: ‘Irish’. 

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

Presley replied: ‘Guilty. I didn't beat him, I punched him.’

The defendant appeared hard of hearing and conducted a three-way conversation, with the prison officer in the dock relaying the words of the judge and court officials to him, during the brief hearing.

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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.

Elvis Presley left the building pursued by press photographers.