A MAN armed with a knife went on an expletive-laden tirade where he threatened to kill ‘everyone English’ after being knocked out and robbed in Southend.
The incident occurred on July 29 last year outside a soup kitchen in Short Street as Aydin Ucar, 43, was found lying on the street with a foaming and bleeding mouth.
A security guard at the soup kitchen approached Ucar to help, when he got up and started shouting expletives at the guard.
He brandished a knife from his back pocket and lunged at the guard twice before he was restrained and led back to the soup kitchen.
Ucar appeared in Basildon Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.
Connall Bailie, prosecuting, said: “Ucar was seen to place the knife inside a can of beer he had obtained, he was later confronted by a soup kitchen user before the security guard bravely intervened.
“He was arrested and interviewed stating he had been assaulted before the incident began by two males.
“The security guard confirmed he did not feel he was the victim of a hate crime.”
Ucar was charged with and admitted possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and threats to kill.
Matthew Ness, mitigating, pointed to Ucar’s mental health issues as an explanation for his behaviour.
He said: “There are several mitigating factors including Mr Ucar’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.
“Mr Ucar bears a considerable degree of responsibility in the failure to take care of his mental health and engage with services.
“When medicated it is confirmed by witnesses he presents as polite and timid. Professionals have also assed him in custody and described the same manner after a subsequent detox from alcohol and drugs.”
Mr Ness added Ucar expressed “great regret” and said he was “deeply sorry” to have caused such distress to someone who was there to help.
Prior to the incident a man in white was seen on CCTV knocking Ucar to the ground, hovering over him for a period and then running off as members of the public came to assist. Judge Andrew Hurst handed Ucar, of no fixed abode, a 24-month community order with a 50-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a six-month alcohol treatment requirement and a 28-day curfew.