''You were waving it about shouting and swearing.''
Sarfraz Hussain, a pot washer at an Indian restaurant in Derbyshire, took to the streets armed with a knife. He had smoked mamba (street drug) and drunk alcohol while at work.
It was revealed to Derby Crown Court that members of the public reported the incident to the police.
The 41-year-old restaurant worker was spotted ”shouting and swearing” in the middle of the road while holding the weapon.
The court heard how Hussain made his way down the street as he held the blade above his head forcing traffic to halt.
The defendant was detained by the police. Hussain claimed to have no recollection of his actions because of the drugs and drink he consumed.
Judge Johnathan Bennet said: ”You were in the road armed with a large knife which you had pointed in the air.
”You were waving it about shouting and swearing. Members of the public were so concerned they called the police.
”And your offence is aggravated by your previous record which shows 18 convictions including making threats to kill and possessing weapons.”
Prosecutor, Tom Heath stated that the offence occurred on November 14, 2019. It happened outside Nawab’s Brasserie, in Sheffield Road, Dronfield, shortly after 6.30 pm. Heath said:
”The police were called by two members of the public who told them a man (Hussain) was outside Nawab in the road holding a large knife.
”That was Mr Hussain who is an employee at the restaurant. The knife was described as having a nine-to-ten inch blade on it.
”They said he was holding it above his head shouting and swearing. He was seen walking down the road causing members of the public to stop their cars.
”He then got off the road and on to the pavement, police arrived and arrested him.
”He was taken to the police station where he told them he worked as a pot washer at Nawab and had gone to work there at 4.30 pm.
”He told them he had drunk a lot of alcohol and had been smoking some Spice (the drug known in Derby as Mamba). But could not remember a great deal about the incident.
”When he was shown the knife, he said it was the one he used to peel onions.”
The restaurant worker pleaded guilty to armed possession of a weapon.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Hussain, a resident of Ferrars Road, Templeborough, Sheffield has 18 previous convictions for 40 offences.
His barrister, Christopher Brewin disclosed that his client is separated from his wife and meets his children on the weekends.
He stated: ”He accepts he has issues with Spice which he was introduced to when he was in prison in 2013.
”He made full admissions in an interview and pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity which shows his genuine remorse. He has no recollection of the incident.”
The father of four was sentenced to seven months in prison.