Man told Romanian couple to ‘f*** off back to your own country’ before lunging at one of them with a knife

February 22, 2018
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A man lunged at his girlfriend’s Romanian neighbour with a kitchen knife and hurled racial abuse when he tried to intervene in an argument, a court has heard.

Serial offender Matthew Glen has been jailed for 19 months for five offences committed on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 while he was already serving a suspended sentence.

The 30-year-old got into a row with his girlfriend after she picked him up from a pub at about 8.30pm.

The argument in the car escalated and after returning to her property in Western Parade, Woodhatch , Glen kicked and damaged her car before pushing her into a garage.

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This alerted a couple who lived close by and when they asked if she was okay, Glen became racially abusive, shouting: “I can tell by your accent you’re a f****** foreigner, I bet you’re stealing from benefits all day. F*** off back to your own country.”

At a sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday (February 21) prosecutor Leesha Whawell told the court he then continued using racially abusive language before producing a kitchen knife.

Glen called one of the neighbours a “Romanian b******” and challenged the male to a fight, she said.

He ran into his girlfriend’s flat and grabbed a kitchen knife while his partner, who had her two children with her, locked herself in the car and called police.

Ms Whawell told the court that Glen, now armed with the knife, said: “If you call the police, I might as well go down for something proper.”

He then slashed the knife towards the male neighbour “who had to move out of the way of the blade” as “the point of the blade was only a few inches away from his face”.

The court heard Glen then “lunged towards him as if going to stab him” before police arrived and a struggle ensued with officers, one of whom was assaulted.

Father-of-two Glen, of Alexander Road in Reigate , pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage, a racially or religiously aggravated offence, threatening a person with a bladed article and assaulting a police officer.

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He was acquitted of another charge of using threatening language and a second criminal damage charge in relation to a damaged light fitting in his girlfriend’s flat was dropped.

At the time of the offence Glen was serving a six-month suspended sentence for punching a police officer while resisting arrest in March 2017, during which he also had a pocket knife in a public place.

He has been sentenced to a total of 19 months imprisonment, which is made up of four months for breaching the suspended sentence and 15 months for threatening a person with a bladed article – the most serious of the new offences.

A combined 26-week sentence for the four other charges will run concurrently. He must also pay a £140 victim surcharge.

Defence counsel Andrew Bullivant admitted there was “no defence for any of these” offences. But he said Glen, who has previously been hospitalised with mental health issues, “has been on incorrect medication for two years, which led to him behaving in this way”.

Mr Bullivant added: “It was an unfortunate thing that happened and has ended a relationship he is not keen to revisit. He was in a bad head space at the time and he reacts to things by trying to be on his own.

“When he pushed her, he was trying to push [her] out of the way as she followed him and he maintains her children didn’t see that as they were still in the car.”

Glen has been convicted on 18 occasions for 36 offences since 2006 and was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for an aggravated attempted robbery.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/man-told-romanian-couple-f-14320819


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