"Mr Hassan was put in a state of fear and alarm"
Naseer Tariq, of Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for 39 weeks following a “horrendous and horrible” rampage at a Glasgow hotel in which he took a worker hostage.
Tariq had been a guest at Glasgow city centre’s Point A Hotel on July 1, 2021, when he took hold of Oisin Hassan.
The incident involved attacking Mr Hassan and breaking into rooms using a fire extinguisher.
He forced the room door open where Mr Hassan was working.
Tariq shouted and punched Mr Hassan, causing bruising to his face.
Tariq was drunk and acting erratically. He then began shouting, claiming that he was looking for his daughter.
He then grabbed Mr Hassan and told him to come with him.
Jeremy O’Neill, prosecuting, said:
“Mr Hassan was put in a state of fear and alarm by Tariq’s behaviour and complied with him.”
The victim attempted to escape but he was snatched back by Tariq.
He then pushed Mr Hassan to the ground, causing him to fall down some stairs.
Tariq then dragged the hotel worker to another room door where he kicked the door and shouted for it to be opened.
He used a fire extinguisher to force his way in, putting the occupants of the room in a state of fear and alarm.
Tariq repeated that he was searching for his daughter.
Mr Hassan bravely tried to calm Tariq down but it was of no success.
Tariq pulled a roof panel and lighting panel from the ceiling causing damage.
Mr Hassan thought he was going to be barricaded in the room when Tariq left but was able to leave once he knew the coast was clear.
Tariq used the fire extinguisher to enter another room.
A 999 call was made and Tariq was traced and subsequently arrested.
Mr O’Neill told Glasgow Sheriff Court that Tariq caused £1,000 of damage to the hotel.
Tariq pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and assaulting Mr Hassan to his injury.
Sheriff Allan McKay told Tariq that his actions at the hotel were “horrendous and horrible”.
He said: “The fear you must have put him through is unmentionable.
“This was an effort to terrify these people over a period of time and the effect on them is difficult to me to appreciate sitting here.”
Naseer Tariq was sentenced to 39 weeks in prison.