Fish and chip shop worker waved kebab knife at young troublemakers

A FISH and chip shop worker was arrested after he took a large kebab knife with him to confront a group of young troublemakers outside the premises, a court heard yesterday (Jan 5).

Even though David Warner was waving the knife at the three youths they did not back off – and one of them twice drove a van at him, forcing him to jump clear, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

An eye witness in a nearby house in Quedgeley, saw that Warner, 32, was ‘on the back foot’ from the start of his confrontation with the youths – and then to add to his troubles police turned up and arrested him as the suspected vandals made a clean getaway in the van.

Warner, of Streamside, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to having a knife in a public place on 10th August 2020 and was sentenced to four months jail suspended for a year. He was also ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £528 in costs and surcharges.

Prosecutor Mandla Ndlovu said it was about 1am on 10th August that a neighbour was alerted to a ‘commotion’ from the car park outside a fish and chip shop off Bristol road in Quedgeley.

The neighbour looked out and saw five men in the road – three of them confronting the other two. One of the larger group got into a van and drove it at one of the other men, who had to take evasive action to avoid being hit.

“The driver then repeated the same action and the individual again had to jump out of the way,” Mr Ndlovu said.

“The men moved from the car park to Bristol road, continuing the argument. The witness then saw that the defendant Mr Warner was armed with what she described as a machete. She says he was waving it around but he didn’t point it at anyone.

“She also said he appeared to be on the back foot constantly during the argument. He was being verbally abused by the other men, who were youngsters.

“The three men then got into the van and drove away at speed.

“The defendant was described as being visibly upset. With the weapon in his hand, he struck a tree. He picked up a glass or cup and drank from it. He then sat on the wall of the car park with a friend and the police arrived and arrested him.”

Steve Young, defending, said “He was at that time an employee of a fish and chip shop and there had been a number of recent occasions when youths had caused damage and been a nuisance at the rear of the premises.

“Mr Warner had seen various youths outside that night and he made the decision he would try to ensure they did not cause any damage to the rear of the premises.

“Of course, he made a very stupid decision to take the knife with him from the fish and chip shop. Your Honour has seen a photograph of the knife – it was being used in the shop to carve kebab meat.

“He obviously had no good reason to take the knife outside with him. He says it was a very stupid decision. He told the police he had no intention of using it.

“He did not point the knife at any of the youths or go towards them with it – indeed at one point he ran off. He was the man who was reversed at twice by the van.”

The judge, Recorder Thomas Brown, told Warner “I accept you had no intention of using the knife to cause harm. However, it is important to understand that the mere presence of a knife being waved around can cause matters to get dangerously out of control. The courts regularly hear of people being killed or very seriously injured because knives have been waved around.”

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