Meat cleaver yob threat­ened to ‘chop up’ cou­ple

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON

ATHUG hold­ing a meat cleaver threat­ened to ‘chop’ up a cou­ple af­ter be­ing re­fused per­mis­sion to go on their fam­ily quad bike, a court heard.

Sohail Khan ap­proached the fam­ily out­side their home in Ac­cring­ton while hold­ing a bot­tle of vodka and a 30cm meat cleaver.

The ‘heav­ily in­tox­i­cated’ de­fen­dant was told that he couldn’t ‘have a go’ on the bike by the mother.

Khan swore at them and replied ‘I’ll smash her head in, I don’t care’ be­fore leaving.

Pros­e­cu­tor David Clarke told Burnley Crown Court how the fa­ther went round to a neigh­bour’s house a short time later and saw Khan in the prop­erty.

The de­fen­dant then fol­lowed him back up the street say­ing ‘I don’t care me, I’ll chop you up’.

The court heard how the 21-year-old car­ried on wav­ing the meat cleaver out­side the fam­ily home and shout­ing, ‘scar­ing’ the chil­dren. Mr Clarke said Khan walked off and around 15 min­utes later re­turned with two other men and was heard to say ‘Come out here. I will stab you. If [he] doesn’t come out I’m go­ing to chop you’.

Po­lice were called to the scene at around 5.50pm on Fe­bru­ary 28 this year and Khan was ar­rested af­ter be­ing helped by wit­nesses. The court heard that of­fi­cers de­scribed Khan as be­ing ‘clearly un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and per­haps an­other sub­stance’. They said he was ‘sway­ing un­steadily’ and his ‘pupils were like pins’ and con­tin­ued to be ver­bally abu­sive in the po­lice van.

In a vic­tim state­ment read out at court, the fa­ther said: “This in­ci­dent has made me feel in­se­cure in my own home.

“There are chil­dren that live in my house and I’m wor­ried about the reper­cus­sions of this.”

Khan, of Clement Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to af­fray, pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in a pub­lic place and com­mon as­sault.

He was given a ninemonth jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years with a 25-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment, 180 hours un­paid work and a three-month cur­few or­der be­tween 9pm and 6am.

‘This in­ci­dent has made me feel in­se­cure in my own home.’

Sohail Khan

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