An ‘angry’ teenager pulled a knife on a neighbour after a dispute between ‘two competing factions’ boiled over.
Aqeeb Ali, who was 19 at the time, threatened Zahir Alam with a Stanley Knife after a ‘long standing and on-going dispute’ between two neighbouring Asian families on Richmond Hill Street in Accrington, the court was told.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Ali, now 21, shouted ‘I will slash you up’ and ‘I know some people who will sort you out’.
Ali, who lives on the street, pleaded guilty to affray and committing an offence while subject to a suspended prison sentence. He was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.
Nicholas Flanagan, prosecuting, said before the incident on May 21 last year there had been a ‘clear long-standing and ongoing’ neighbourhood dispute between ‘two competing factions’ living on the street. The court was told how victim and another man from one of the rival families were talking with ‘raised voices’ on the street when Ali walked past.
Mr Flanagan said Ali ‘had some kind of interaction’ with Mr Alam and when he asked what was going on was told to ‘mind his own business’.
The court heard how Ali ‘got angry’ and ran into his house shouting and ‘came back out again with a knife in his hand’.
Mr Flanagan said Ali approached Mr Alam shouting ‘’Come on I will show you, you ******. I will slash you up. I know some people. They will sort you out.’
The court heard how a neighbour called the police after being alerted by her daughter and later told the police how the incident ‘scared her’ and ‘especially when it happened in front of my children’. When interviewed by police, Ali ‘flatly denied the matter’ however the incident was captured on CCTV from a local property.
Nathan Moxon, defending, said Ali ‘lost his temper’ but can now control it as he is ‘older and maturing’. He told the court how Ali has ‘not been in any trouble since’ and has ‘stayed away from the other family’.
Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell said: “There is always the possibility that people may not react in the way you expect and when a knife is there, damage injury or even death can be the result.
“I’m going to give you a chance with another suspended sentence.”