A drunk teacher who pulled a knife on a door supervisor to ‘teach him respect’ after being ejected from a pub has avoided jail.
The ‘irate’ 37-year-old then started shouting and demanding his money back before telling doorman Awais Gohar: “F*** off back to your own country. You kicked me out for no reason. You’ve no respect. Call the manager.”
Prosecutor Lisa Worsley told Burnley Crown Court that Haddock then called the police to say he had been ‘assaulted’ and demanded Mr Gohar’s name.
When the doorman spoke to the police operator and explained what had happened Haddock terminated the call, shook Mr Gohar’s hand and then walked off down Bacup Road.
The court heard he went to Tiger Tiger for several more drinks before returning home to get a kitchen knife.
Ms Worsley said Haddock then went back to the Bees Knees at around midnight, looked at Mr Gohar and said: “I’ve come to teach you respect”.
He then pulled out the kitchen knife with a ‘large blade’ causing Mr Gohar to ‘panic’ and shout for a colleague.
Police were called to the scene and later found Haddock ‘slumped on the sofa’ at home with his property unlocked. Officers said the defendant smelled strongly of alcohol and his ‘eyes were glazed and speech slurred’. Ms Worsley said when Haddock was arrested he became ‘emotional’ and told police: “I’m sorry. I just wanted to scare him. I just wanted some respect. He hit me. I just wanted to scare him.”
When the officer warned him that everything he said was being recorded, Haddock added: “I shouldn’t have done it. I’m sorry.”
The incident happened on December 27 last year and when Haddock was interviewed the next day he said he was ‘unclear’ why he was ejected from the Bees Knees.
Ms Worsley said: “He denied that he would have been racially abusive to Mr Gohar, saying that was far off the mark, and even in his inebriated state he would not have behaved that way.”
Haddock claimed when he returned to the Bees Knees he was being ‘goaded’ and that he ‘started back towards them to give them a piece of his mind’.
The defendant told police he reached into his coat pocket to retrieve his glasses but instead found a vegetable knife ’which he had assumed had been in his pocket since Christmas Day’.
Haddock said he took the knife out but ‘didn’t raise it or gesture it towards anybody’.
Haddock, of Rosevale Street, Rawtenstall, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article.
Defence barrister Kristian Cavanagh said as a result of his earlier guilty plea he was ‘sacked’ from his teaching position and will now ‘struggle enormously’ to find similar work in the future.
He told the court: “The sad reality is that the significance of this conviction will have a far greater and longer impact upon him than any order the court can impose.
“At the time of this offence he was a qualified teacher. By virtue of this offence he made them aware of the nature of the offending and they suspended him from work.
“Following his guilty plea they sacked him. Although he is a qualified teacher he is now not in work.
“It’s a sad realisation that the decision not to go home and sober up, but instead to return with a knife to the scene, has led to the enormous significance of putting a career he worked very hard to achieve in jeopardy.”
Haddock was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours unpaid work.
Sentencing, Recorder Ahmed Nadim said: “As a direct consequence of your stupidity you have lost your employment with limited prospects of finding like employment in the future.
“In those circumstances I am just persuaded that you have, to a large measure, been punished already and the remainder of the public interest can be met without you having to lose your liberty immediately.
“It gives me no pleasure to see you before this court as a result of the bout of stupidity. You have damaged your life to a degree that it is now presently beyond recognition.”
Source – Lancs Live