Rough sleeper pulls knife on Estate Agent
A squatter within a Salford tower block pulled a knife on an estate agent placing the blade next to his victim’s throat. A Norman Gordon was served with a court injunction that bans him from entering buildings following previous numerous nuisance reports of sleeping rough in stairwells of high-rise apartments. The sentence was 18 months jail time for Mr Gordon following accepting charges of affray and possession of a bladed article.
Prosecuting, Katy Jones sis quoted as saying: “There had been a history between the victim and defendant after previous difficulties in terms of him not being very happy when he was asked to leave the properties.”
Judge Alan Conrad QC, who sentenced Mr Gordon sis quoted as saying: “You had proved yourself to be a nuisance repeatedly at the premises concerned and people there had gone to law to seek to exclude you, but you went back. When a member of staff approached you, you took out a knife and threatened him with it.
This offence had a very unsettling effect on the victim who visibly found the incident very distressing. The carrying of knives used to threaten people is a very serious matter and there is no alternative but an immediate custodial sentence here.”
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