Thief who stabbed security guard with syringe banned from Bristol city centre

A man who stabbed a shop security officer with a syringe has been banned from Bristol city centre for six years.

Michael Kyriacou stole perfume from a shop and fled, Bristol Crown Court heard.

When challenged he threatened the security man before plunging a hypodermic needle in to his hand.

Kyriacou, 28, of Wade Street in Bristol, pleaded guilty to theft and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on January 6.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing synthetic drug Spice, being concerned in the supply of Spice and assaulting an emergency worker in offences spanning January to May last year.

Judge Michael Longman jailed him for two years and four months.

He told Kyriacou: “The complainant, at the very least, will have been extremely concerned about the whole experience, in particular the use of a weapon and the nature of the weapon.”

The judge handed Kyriacou a six-year Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from a specified area of Bristol city centre.

Ian Fenny, prosecuting via video link, said police arrested Kyriacou after suspecting him of dealing drug Spice in Bristol city centre.

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After being released under investigation he was later found with Spice in Broadmead and claimed it was for personal use.

The court heard he was found with Spice on two later occasions.

In January this year, after stealing perfume from Superdrug, Kyriacou was challenged and stabbed a shop security man in the hand with the hypodermic needle.

Anthony Bignall, defending via video link, said his client had had a difficult early life and had developed mental health problems as a result, as well as a problem with drugs.

Mr Bignall said: “He is very keen to be treated.”

Source – Bristol Post