Defendant on “cocktail of substances”
A BISHOPSWORTH man who threatened a shop security guard with a hypodermic needle when caught pilfering has been jailed for eight months. Patrick Connors was suspected of trying to steal DVDs at Tesco in Hartcliffe and was challenged by Charlie Williams, Bristol Crown Court heard. Connors then produced the needle, a struggle ensued and a stolen DVD fell from his clothes.
In the course of the fracas Connors made verbal threats, called Mr Williams a “Paki” and dropped his trousers, the court was told. Connors, 35, of King’s Court on Queen’s Road, Bishopsworth, pleaded guilty to theft and racially aggravated threatening behaviour. He denied a charge of exposure and that allegation was left to lie on file.
Judge Julian Lambert told him: “The root of this was drink and or drugs.
“Rehabilitation has been tried and failed in the recent past.
“On this occasion you were stealing from a shop and threatened a security guard with a hypodermic needle.
“You issued filthy, racist abuse.”
Philip Warren, prosecuting, said how Mr Williams suspected Connors of stealing DVDs and challenged him. Mr Warren said: “The defendant produced a hypodermic needle, which was capped, and threatened Mr Williams with it.
“Mr Williams restrained him, there was a struggle and a stolen DVD fell out of the defendant’s clothing.
“The defendant threatened him, saying ‘I’m going to catch up with you when you finish your work and open you up like a can of beans’.
“He also used the word Paki and said he would smash his face in.”
With that Connors lowered his trousers, the court heard. The court was told he had 21 convictions for 46 previous offences, starting from 20 years ago.
Connors admitted contempt of court in that he had attended a previous crown court hearing, only to leave before his case was called. Judge Lambert took no further action on this matter. Derek Perry, defending, said: “Clearly the root of this offending is drugs.
“There is reference (in a pre-sentence report) to the cocktail of substances he had taken, which is an aggravates the offence because it increases the risk of danger.
“There is good reason to give him the opportunity to engage with the supervision he is already receiving and encourage him to attend Bristol Drugs Project, as is recommended in the report and he wishes to do.
“If he becomes free of drugs he will not offend again.”
Torquay railway station where one of the assaults took place
A BRISTOL man has admitted molesting two women during a train trip to Devon. Ali Abdullahi groped one victim at Torquay railway station before attacking a second woman on a train from Exeter to Bristol, a court heard yesterday. The 34-year-old, who is originally from Somalia, admitted two counts of sexual assault.
The security guard, who has lived in Britain for four years, now faces a possible jail term when he returns to court for sentencing.
Exeter Crown Court was told that Abdullahi, of Beggarswell Close, St Paul’s, attacked the woman on December 1, 2013. One of the victims was a German tourist visiting Britain. Adrian Chaplin, defending, said Abdullahi has a job as a night watchman.
The defendant was ordered to sign on the sex offenders register after entering his pleas to the charges.
Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large ordered a pre-sentence report but warned Abdullahi that all options, including custody, would be considered when he returns next month.