Man scared neighbours with large kitchen knife during dispute over noise in Leeds street

A man who used a knife to "scare" his neighbours during a dispute over noise has avoided a prison sentence.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am

Ehsan Honari was arrested after police were called to a street in Beeston to reports of a man brandishing a knife in a garden.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers went to Maud Avenue on July 17 last year but were told the defendant had left the area.

Officers stopped Honari in his car a short time later on nearby Tempest Road.

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Ehsan Honari admitted using a knife to scare his neighbour during a dispute over noise in Maud Avenue, Beeston.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Honari got out of the vehicle and was handcuffed by officers.

The 36-year-old was asked about the knife and he said he had it with him as he wanted to scare his neighbours.

He claimed he had thrown the blade away but refused to tell the officers where it was.

The vehicle was searched and a large kitchen knife was found under a floor mat.

Honari was released on bail but was arrested again after a knife was found in his car on December 19.

Officers stopped him in his Ford Fiesta at 2.50am over a query about insurance for the vehicle.

The car was searched and a knife was found in the glove box.

Honari told the officers he had it with him to slice fruit.

The defendant claimed he had been told he needed to eat more fruit due to a liver condition.

He said he had last used the blade three days earlier and had forgotten that it was still there.

Honari, of Maud Avenue, pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing a blade in public.

Allan Armbrister, mitigating, said Honari initially had the knife in a private area when the dispute with the resident "over-spilled".

Mr Armbrister said it was not the defendant's intention to make threats with the weapon.

He said: "He then left the property, got into his car and that is where the offence is committed.

"He had no good reason for having a knife."

Honari was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Simon Batiste said: "Whatever the purpose was, you clearly knew you were not to have knives in a public place.

"You must understand that if you are ever found with a knife again the court has no option but to impose an immediate prison sentence."