Quick reactions by a doorman prevented a much worse incident from happening after a man walked into a Scunthorpe nightspot brandishing a knife.
Maurisz Kozik, 36, formerly of Allanby Street, Scunthorpe, admitted possessing the nine-inch knife at the bar in the early hours of February 22.
Prosecuting at Grimsby Crown Court, Jeremy Evans said Kozik was caught on CCTV entering the venue at around 1am. A woman spotted the knife and alerted a doorman who she was talking to.
The video showed Kozik bumping into people who were stood talking. He could clearly be seen holding a large knife in his hand.
He then approached two men but before he got to them, the doorman hurled a bar stool at him, knocking him to the floor and displacing the knife from his hand.
Customers immediately took hold of the knife and took it to safety. Police were called and Kozik was arrested.
Mr Evans said there had been “alarm and distress” from customers as soon as Kozik walked into the bar because he had the knife clearly on show.
In interview, he claimed he had been assaulted by two men previously and added that he found the large knife lying in an alleyway nearby.
Sentencing, Judge Roger Thomas QC told Kozik: “You walked straight into there without any to-do . One customer was virtually banged out of the way.
“The CCTV shows you holding the knife. It had a nine-inch blade. Everything about your body language showed ill-intent.
“Fortunately, there was a very alert doorman whose very commendable action was to throw a bar stool at you, knocking the knife from your hand.
“Because of his quick-witted actions a much worse incident was avoided.”
Mr Evans said Kozik, a father-of-one, had come to the UK from Poland around 18 months ago and moved to Scunthorpe because his brother lived in the town. He had no previous convictions.
Kozik represented himself in court and his comments were given to the judge by an interpreter.
He said he was hit in the side of the face by one of a group of men outside a shop and the person who hit him had gone into the bar.
He added that he had found the knife and took it to the Scunthorpe bar but had not intended to use it on anyone.
But Judge Thomas QC said: “You came back purposefully and armed yourself,” and described his account as “sheer nonsense”.
Kozik was jailed for 12 months, with a further month’s imprisonment imposed for failing to attend court in August, an offence which he had admitted.
Source – Grimsby Telegraph