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Man seen with “alarming” modified weapon is spared jail

Mohammed Rahsidi

A MAN seen in possession of a modified blade after threatening to “cut” Carlisle door staff has been spared immediate prison.

Mohammed Rahsidi, 23, became “aggressive” after being ejected from the city’s Walkabout nightclub, off Botchergate, during the early hours of May 5.

One door supervisor heard Rahsidi say: “I am going to cut you up, fam.” Another, Alex Smith, recalled him saying: “I am going to come back and cut you.”

Rahsidi was seen soon afterwards in possession of a biro which had been melted and a razor blade inserted. CCTV footage played at Carlisle Crown Court today (THURS) showed him flicking this away as he was detained by police outside the club.

Rahsidi later admitted what amounted to a verbal assault on Mr Smith, and offensive weapon possession.

Judge Nicholas Barker said he was “very tempted” to jail Rahsidi immediately for carrying a “modified, adapted weapon” he described as “very worrying and alarming”.

But in view of the defendant’s remorse and an absence of previous convictions, Judge Barker suspended a nine-month jail term for 18 months. Rahsidi, of Valley Mill Lane, Bury, must also complete unpaid work and a night-time curfew. “You can consider this your last chance,” said Judge Barker.

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