Pizza boss was threatened with knife by worker

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A TAKEAWAY worker waved a large knife around in a row with his boss, terrifying colleagues and customers, a court heard.

Iranian refugee Pzhma Soltani, who was living in the flat above the Pizza Manhattan in Wigan at the time of the incident, threatened the owner with the weapon before staff intervened.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 26-year-old was swinging out with the knife threatening to kill the proprietor, Hasam Aksamaz and while doing so ripped a pizza delivery bag and damaged two ketchup bottles.

He then went around to the customer side of the counter of the Wigan Lane premises still waving the knife around and made threats before leaving and putting the weapon on a back wall, said Christine Redmond, prosecuting.

Soltani admitted affray and possessing a bladed article.

Recorder Angus Withington accepted he was a man of good character and the offences had been “out of character and impulsive”. He said that as he had spent 88 days in custody on remand he would impose a nine-month prison term but suspend it for 12 months. He also ordered him to carry out 60 hours’ unpaid work and pay £36 compensation.

Philip Martin, defending, said Soltani had waved the knife around “in a theatrical manner”. He surrendered to police and wished to apologise to all concerned. He is seeking refuge in the UK as he would be prosecuted in Iran for apostasy and sentenced to death. The Home Office has not accepted his claim but his application is still being processed.

He was living in the flat with his brother but has other relatives in Wigan where he can now reside.