Man brandished knife at friend

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By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 07:30

A CURRY house worker who brandished a kitchen knife at a fish and chip shop employee has been given a suspended jail term.

Bahman Sharifzadeh produced the blade in an argument with friend Dilshad Rashid, Bristol Crown Court was told yesterday.

After a struggle police were called to Swiss Road in Weston-super- Mare.

Sharifzadeh dumped the knife in a garden but stayed at the scene and was arrested, the court heard.

The 29-year-old, of Bruce Avenue, Greenbank, pleaded guilty to having a blade on September 4.

Judge David Ticehurst gave him an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 120 hours' unpaid work and £60 court costs.

The judge told an apologetic Sharifzadeh: "You could have cut them and caused them serious injury.

"If someone stumbled they could have died."

Mark Hollier, prosecuting, said the men had known each other for four years but Mr Rashid believed that Sharifzadeh began making silent telephone calls to him.

During one call, eventually Sharifzadeh started speaking and the men argued, the court was told.

Mr Hollier said: "At 1am the defendant telephoned Mr Rashid, saying he was outside his home.

"Mr Rashid and a friend went outside and there was an argument.

"The prosecution's case is that the defendant assaulted Mr Rashid by grabbing his coat and tussling with him, before going to his car and producing a kitchen knife.

"He rushed towards the two men, brandishing the knife."

Mr Hollier said Sharifzadeh told police he had brandished the blade to frighten, not harm.

Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, said he gave a prompt guilty plea and had very recently landed a job at a Redland-based Indian restaurant.

"He is working, he has stable accommodation, no harm was caused and he gave an early guilty plea," Miss Macfarlane said.



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