Man jailed for knife threat to door staff

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A MAN who was at the cen­tre of a “tug-oflove” bat­tle as a child threat­ened a door su­per­vi­sor with a knife when he was asked to leave a bar.

Nathan Bougossa, who was taken to Tu­nisia by his fa­ther in the 1990s, was forced out of a Cardiff bar in Oc­to­ber af­ter door staff saw him act­ing “sus­pi­ciously”.

Speak­ing at Cardiff Crown Court, pros­e­cu­tor Owen Wil­liams said Bougossa told Peppermint Bar door­man Hani Fahim: “I will f*** you up.”

The court heard Mr Fahim saw a fe­male cus­tomer move away from the de­fen­dant at the Mill Lane bar on Oc­to­ber 3 last year and de­cided to keep an eye on him.

Bougossa, 29, went to sit at the back of the bar with his feet on a chair and the door­man asked him to leave.

Mr Wil­liams said: “His re­sponse was to be­come ver­bally abu­sive. He was shout­ing: ‘The po­lice will f*** you.’”

The door su­per­vi­sor de­scribed his be­hav­iour as “strange” and told po­lice the de­fen­dant also shouted in Ara­bic.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Mr Fahim tried to es­cort him from the bar, but Bougossa be­came ag­gres­sive and started push­ing him.

Staff from the nearby Mocka Lounge came to help as Bougossa shouted: “I will kill you. I will f*** you up.”

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “He was seen to put his hand in his back pocket and grab some­thing.”

Bougossa pulled out a yel­low knife, like a small Stan­ley knife, and ex­posed the blade.

The court heard se­cu­rity staff took him to the floor, but he con­tin­ued to act ag­gres­sively.

Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived and re­strained Bougossa be­fore hand­cuff­ing him, seiz­ing the knife and tak­ing him to Cardiff Bay po­lice sta­tion.

Bougossa, of At­lantic Wharf, Bute­town, Cardiff, ad­mit­ted threat­en­ing a door su­per­vi­sor with an of­fen­sive weapon.

He had 10 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal dam­age and threat­en­ing some­one with a blade.

Scott Bowen, de­fend­ing, said a pre­sen­tence re­port con­cluded there were “un­der­ly­ing is­sues”.

The court heard Bougossa was taken to Tu­nisia at the age of seven and raised there un­til he was 19.

His fa­ther Ridha Bougossa sparked an in­ter­na­tional hunt but his son was forced to re­main in North Africa un­til he reached adult­hood af­ter at­tempts by his mother to get him back failed in the Tu­nisian courts.

Le­gal cus­tody was granted in Tu­nisia to her for­mer hus­band un­til he came of age – af­ter which he chose to re­turn to Cardiff.

Mr Bowen ac­cepted his client was de­vel­op­ing a pat­tern of be­hav­iour, adding: “That pat­tern needs to be ad­dressed or it will con­tinue.”

In 2014, Bougossa was ar­rested for show­ing staff in John Lewis the han­dle of a knife when he was asked to leave the store.

Mr Bowen sug­gested Bougossa may have Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der and said his fam­ily had sought help.

Judge Jeremy Jenk­ins de­scribed the knife as “fear­some” and jailed Bougossa for eight months.

He said: “It is a fear­some weapon and there is ab­so­lutely no doubt in my mind that those men were fear­ful for their per­sonal safety.”

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