Teen bran­dished kitchen knife at two peo­ple af­ter ar­gu­ments

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A TEENAGER bran­dished a kitchen knife at two peo­ple in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Cardiff.

Os­man Ishaq, 18, was sen­tenced at Cardiff Crown Court af­ter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to threat­en­ing an­other with a bladed ar­ti­cle and af­fray.

The de­fen­dant, who spoke in court via an Ara­bic in­ter­preter, was in­volved in two ar­gu­ments in the Adams­down area of the cap­i­tal on Au­gust 4 when the of­fences oc­curred.

Pros­e­cu­tor John War­ren said: “A man called An­drew Ja­nis was talk­ing to a neigh­bour on the Broad­way in Cardiff when the de­fen­dant walked by and spat in the di­rec­tion of Mr Janus.

“When Mr Janus fol­lowed him and asked what his prob­lem was, he pro­duced a kitchen knife be­tween four and six inches in length.

“Mr Janus ran be­hind a ve­hi­cle as the de­fen­dant chased him and mo­tioned to him in a stab­bing man­ner. Mr Janus then es­caped to his flat and the de­fen­dant walked on to Clifton Street.”

Ishaq then com­mit­ted an af­fray against a man, who has not been iden­ti­fied, out­side Tesco in Clifton Street.

The shop se­cu­rity guard Mo­hammed Wahid saw the man us­ing bad lan­guage and the de­fen­dant walk away but he re­turned the hold­ing the knife in an “un­der­arm” stance within a few feet of the other male.

Mr Wahid in­ter­vened to break up the ar­gu­ment and mem­bers of the pub­lic called the po­lice.

The court heard the other man ac­cused Mr Wahid of stick­ing up for the de­fen­dant claim­ing they were “both Mus­lims” and the man held up a spray can. At that point the de­fen­dant left.

Mr Wahid de­scribed both males as act­ing “in­ap­pro­pri­ately” but said the other man who was not the de­fen­dant was the most ag­gres­sive.

Ishaq was ar­rested by the po­lice af­ter they were pro­vided with a de­scrip­tion by Mr Janus and shortly be­fore they ap­pre­hended him, he dis­carded a red-han­dled kitchen knife.

In his po­lice in­ter­view, Ishaq said he had been in a fight with two males af­ter they had about him.

In mit­i­ga­tion, de­fence bar­ris­ter Hashim Sal­man asked the court to take ac­count of his client’s age and his guilty plea at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

He told the court Ishaq had come to the UK in 2006 as a refugee hav­ing trav­elled through Libya, Italy and France and moved to Cardiff as he had a brother liv­ing there.

Mr Sal­man said Ishaq had been suf­fer­ing from psy­chi­atric is­sues stemmed from his time spent in a refugee camp but ad­mit­ted this had not con­trib­uted to the de­fen­dant car­ry­ing out the of­fences.

Sen­tenc­ing, Recorder Paul Lewis QC said: “These courts are al­ways trou­bled by young men such as your­self who carry knives in pub­lic places. Those who sit and prac­tise in these courts all too of­ten see the con­se­quences of young men pro­duc­ing knives when they fall into ar­gu­ment or dis­pute with oth­ers.”

Ishaq, of no fixed abode, was sen­tenced to a to­tal of eight months’ im­pris­on­ment. said “nasty things”

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