An angry reveller who was ejected from a nightclub carried out his threat to return with a knife, causing door staff to fear for their safety.
Marek Dabrowski waved the weapon around shouting death threats in the early hours of Saturday, September 11 last year, Leicester Crown Court
One of the doormen picked up a railing pole to keep the drunken aggressor at a distance, until the police arrived at the venue, in High Street, in Leicester city centre.
The defendant, a 42-year-old warehouse worker, of Bolton Road, off Hinckley Road, in the Westcotes area of the city, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and making threats with the knife.
Lauren Fisher, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant was ordered to leave the club and, once outside, threatened to come back later to stab the door staff.
CCTV footage was shown to the court of the defendant returning to the area, which was still busy with pedestrians, at 3.25am.
At that point, Dabrowski produced a large knife and approached the door staff with it and began to make the threats, the court was told.
Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: “Rather than going away and staying away, after being shown out of the club, you were saying ‘I’m going to come back and stab you guys.’
“At the time, the door staff didn’t take that seriously, but you returned, this time armed.
“Your conduct towards the security staff was disgraceful. You were making threats, with a knife, to kill them – you were trying to goad them and spitting.
“The footage makes frightening viewing and in their victim impact statements one of the security officers said he was ‘anxious’ for his safety and another said he was ‘terrified.’
“Another was in fear for his life and that’s understandable. At any moment anything could have happened.
“You were clearly drunk and posed a risk to anyone around, in particular the security officers. Behaviour like this cannot be tolerated.
“Fortunately, the police arrived quickly and matters were brought to a close and you complied with them.”
On arrest, the defendant was found to be in possession of two further knives.
The name of the nightclub was not given in court.
Dabrowski was assisted in court by a Polish interpreter who translated the proceedings.
Hal Ewing, mitigating, said: “It was clearly a disgraceful incident and nothing I say is intended to suggest otherwise.
“Although he has a record in Poland, there was a break in offending for a number of years.
“He came to this country almost seven years ago and his professional background is as a welder and metalworker, although he’s worked in various agency roles here and is currently a warehouse operative.
“Apart from this, he’s worked hard and made a positive contribution. His family in Poland rely, to a certain extent, on the defendant sending over money.”
Mr Ewing said Dabrowski’s mother had very recently died and he was “clearly upset” and wanted to go back to Poland to assist his siblings.
Dabrowski was jailed for 14 months.
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