A DRUNK thug armed with knives yelled that he would kill a tower block receptionist after he became enraged believing she had photographed him.

Ramazan Kaya has been jailed after making a female receptionist fear for her life during a drunken rage at the entrance of Trafford House in Cherrydown East, Basildon.

He was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old of Warrior Road, Southend, had previously gone to the block on June 1 this year and asked if he could leave his phone at reception to charge.

This was accepted and later on, at around 10pm, another female member of staff took over the desk.

Kaya returned to the block heavily intoxicated, and was near the reception just as the woman took a photo of something on the desk.

However, Kaya in his drunken state believed she had photographed him, and he became angry.

Prosecuting, Caroline Milroy said: “She showed him the picture and

said it was nothing to do with him at all.

“He was told to leave the building.

“He went out and it looked like he was leaving, but he came back to reception and said open the door.

“At that stage he acted aggressively and started banging on the door with both his hands.

“He kept shouting ‘open the door, I’m going to kill you’.”

Police were called and Kaya then also abused them as he was arrested, which was witnessed by neighbours.

Officers found he had two lock knives in his pocket.

Kaya admitted one count of affray and two counts of possession of a bladed article.

Mitigating, Charles Conway said that Kaya has been in custody for 68 days and said he “never intended” to use the knives in his pocket, and that his behaviour was a result of him being drunk.

Recorder Charlie Sherrard QC told Kaya: “I do not think that you threatened to kill her with any intent, but you must appreciate that the receptionist who is a stranger doesn’t take that to be the case.”

Kaya was jailed for five months.