Man jailed for knife threat to door staff
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.”