Man ‘lost con­trol’ and threat­ened to be­head po­lice

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADOCTOR’S son armed with knives threat­ened to be­head po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a ter­ri­fy­ing 90-minute stand off, a court heard.

Yusif Al-Zidgali, 25, ‘lost com­plete con­trol’ and warned he would stab and slit the throats of po­lice, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Around 15 of­fi­cers, some dressed in riot gear with shields, used pep­per spray to par­tially dis­arm him be­fore a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor talked him into giv­ing him­self up.

The dra­matic in­ci­dent hap­pened at his flat on Peel Street, Mac­cles­field, on Jan­uary 26, af­ter his mother and fa­ther, who is a doc­tor, raised the alarm.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on April 29, Al-Zidgali ad­mit­ted mak­ing threats to kill and af­fray.

He was sen­tenced to two years in prison sus­pended for two years. Robert Jones, pros­e­cut­ing, de­scribed it as a ‘very sad case’ trig­gered by ‘the self im­posed mis­use of al­co­hol and drugs’.

He said: “On Jan­uary 26 both par­ents were at the flat. The de­fen­dant ap­peared to lose com­plete con­trol. He was ex­tremely abu­sive to­wards his mother. He asked his par­ents to leave and threw a can of al­co­hol at his dad. It prompted them to grap­ple. His par­ents got out and called the po­lice, con­cerned that he may carry out some of threats he was mak­ing to him­self. Two fe­male po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived but he was very abu­sive.

“Pc Fisher ar­rived and said the de­fen­dant was to­tally out of con­trol and en­raged. He was threat­en­ing to stab them.

“Even­tu­ally the de­fen­dant opened the door and of­fi­cers were faced with a ter­ri­fy­ing sight of him bran­dish­ing two large knives, It was very in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“There was a knife in each hand. They used their spray and it ap­peared to work be­cause the de­fen­dant turned away and dropped one knife, which of­fi­cers grabbed away. A po­lice ne­go­tia­tor was called. The de­fen­dant threat­ened to be­head and to slit the throats of the of­fi­cers. He cut him­self de­lib­er­ately caus­ing a deep cut to the fin­gers on his right hand. There was blood on the doors and walls. It was a truly fright- en­ing sight for the of­fi­cers.

“Even­tu­ally the in­juries and loss of blood made the de­fen­dant less ag­gres­sive and he was taken into cus­tody. He went to Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal then another hospi­tal, but dis­charged him­self and was ar­rested again at home a few days later.”

Robert English, de­fend­ing, said Al-Zidgali had no mem­ory of the in­ci­dent due to a com­bi­na­tion of drink, drugs and his de­pres­sive state.

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