Knifeman pulls out blade after brother calls for help in Stoke-on-Trent street


A 45-year-old man has escaped an immediate jail term after waving a knife outside his brother’s home.

Ashraf Abdulghani was caught on CCTV in Snow Hill, Shelton, with the weapon as the incident unfolded.

He had been responding to a call for ‘assistance’ from his brother, who had just been involved in an argument with another man.

Abdulghani, from nearby Wellesley Street, Shelton, soon turned up at the scene.

Peter McCartney, prosecuting at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, said: “The footage shows Ashraf in Snow Hill carrying a blue knife.

“Ashraf entered the yard and pulled the knife from his pocket. He was speaking towards the house. Whoever he was speaking to was not in shot.

“He left the yard and stood in the gateway. He still had the knife in his hand. He entered the yard again, waving the knife about in the air.

“The police were called by members of the public.”

But by the time the officers arrived, Abdulghani had gone. He returned a short while later as he had apparently left some items behind.

The defendant was arrested and searched.

“Police found two large knives,” Mr McCartney told the court. “There was a large blue knif tucked in the waistband of Ashraf’s trousers.

“There was a black-handled knife hidden down his trousers by his ankle.”

When interviewed, Abdulghani kept changing his story.

He claimed he had not taken either knife to the house. He told officers he had pushed a man and a knife had fallen. But then he backtracked, saying there had been no push and he had ‘taken the knife from the man nicely’.

Abdulghani claimed he found the second blade on the floor.

But he went on to plead guilty to having an article with a blade or point on September 24 last year.

Carl Hargan, mitigating, said the defendant had no previous convictions. Although he had the knife, the incident was ‘very brief’.

Abdulghani has now been sentenced to 54 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.


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As part of this, he must complete 15 rehabilitation activity days and be subject to an electronically monitored curfew for three months, which will operate between the hours of 10pm and 5am. He must also pay £1,000 towards court costs.

Sentencing him, Judge Paul Glenn said: “No doubt you just got involved because of family loyalty.

“I cannot be sure of just how and when the knives came into your possession. I strongly suspect that you took them to the scene because you were plainly intending to take them away from the scene. But I cannot be sure of that.

“Certainly, from the CCTV, it showed you brandishing a large knife in the street and immediately outside the house. There was no lawful excuse for that.”





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