A Burnley man who slashed a terrified shop assistant with a knife as he tried to deliver rice to a house has been spared jail.
Mohammed Hussain (28), of Belford Street, Burnley, was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years at Burnley crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard that on December 23rd last year, a Mr Zaman was slashed on the ankle with a 2ft. long knife while delivering sacks of rice to houses in Burnley.
David Birrell (prosecuting) told the court that Mr Zaman knocked on the door of the house in Belford Street but there was no answer.
He was in the car’s passenger seat, the court heard, around 6ft away from the property’s front door.
A young man came out and then a group of about five or six, the court heard.
They began shouting at Mr Zaman who could not understand what was being said. The court heard that Mr Zaman tried to explain he was simply delivering rice.
Then Hussain reappeared with what was described as a “very sharp” Bangladeshi fishing knife with a curved blade end.
Mr Birrell said that Hussain attempted to strike Mr Zaman to the head with the blade but another in the group intervened.
However, Hussain had caught the man’s ankle, causing a cut to clothing and injury to his skin which required three stitches. Mr Zaman got in the car and told the driver to drive off.
Hussain was not arrested until January 18th this year and the court heard that in a statement, Mr Zaman said “I felt he was going to kill me”.
Mark Stuart (defending) said Hussain had no previous convictions for violence.
Sentencing, Recorder Michael Hayton QC said Hussain had behaved “very poorly” and was “extremely fortunate” that the blow had not been worse.
Hussain was also given a two-year supervision order and will be on a thinking skills programme.