Teen brandished kitchen knife at two people after arguments
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”