Man brandished knife at love rival in the street

The incident happened near the Tesco store in Hartlepool.
The incident happened near the Tesco store in Hartlepool.

A young man who waved a knife at a love rival was warned by a judge he will go to prison if he does it again.

Mobin Islam, 19, brandished the carpet fitting knife at Ross Gallagher Smith after the pair met in a supermarket car park, Teesside Crown Court heard.

“The confrontation took place near the Tesco store in Hartlepool,” said Rachel Masters, prosecuting.

“Words were exchanged and the defendant produced a carpet knife, although the blade was not extended.

“After brandishing it, he left the scene.”

Islam, of Meadowgate Drive, Hartlepool, admitted possession of an offensive weapon on January 27.

Stephen Constantine, defending, said in mitigation: “They were both going out with the same young lady, and it seems she may have been playing one of them off against the other.

“There were some unpleasant messages on Facebook about Mr Islam, prior to this chance meeting.

“When Mr Gallagher Smith rocked up in his Corsa, he was accompanied by two other vehicles.

“Mr Islam feared the occupants of those vehicles were going to take part in a joint attack on him.”

The court heard Islam has no previous convictions.

“His family own a takeaway are hard-working,” added Mr Constantine. “Mr Islam is at college and hopes to go to either Sunderland or Newcastle universities to do business studies.

“The knife incident was entirely out of character for him.”

Judge Tony Briggs fined Islam £350.

The judge warned him such offending could have serious consequencdes.

He said: “The problem with this type of incident is it can so easily escalate, people get seriously injured or even killed. I accept you are an otherwise sensible young man.

“But do this again and this conviction will count very badly against you, almost certainly resulting in custody.”

The judge ordered for the confiscation and destruction of the knife.