‘Shopper’ racially abused security guard as he was ejected from Blackburn Mall

A MAN was involved in a “catalogue” of offences in a short period of time. Blackburn magistrates heard three of the charges involved the same security guard at the town’s Mall. On one occasion Wazid Ahmed shouted in the street that “us Asians are meant to stick together” and accused the security guard, Jibran Kalokhe, of trying to get him done.

Ahmed, 23, of the Salvation Army Hostel, Heaton Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Kalokhe and using threatening behaviour towards him June 18, racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards him on August 22, criminal damage to a fridge belonging to Awais Anwar on July 31 and criminal damage to a window and fencing belonging to Auxillium Housing. He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 15 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 18 hours at an attendance centre. He was ordered to pay GBP100 compensation to Mr Kalokhe, GBP300 to Mr Anwar and GBP170 to the housing association.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Roger Lowe said it had been quite a catalogue of offences in a short period of time. “I have taken into account that you spent some time in custody on remand,” said Deputy District Judge Lowe. “It is clear you have some issues, which you recognise, and these need to be sorted out.”

Adam Bonny, prosecuting, said Mr Kalokhe was a security supervisor in the Mall. On the first occasion Ahmed had tried to head butt him as he and colleagues were removing him from the shopping centre. He threatened to find out where Mr Kalokhe and his family lived.

The fridge was in the Railway Kiosk and Ahmed had a confrontation with a member of staff during which he threatened to “smash the place up.” Seconds later he went into the shop and pushed the fridge over. The other criminal damage involved a fence panel and a wardrobe at the Housing Association hostel where Ahmed had been living at the time. The racially aggravated offence was committed while Mr Kalokhe was having a cigarette break on Church Street.

Michael Alexandr, defending, said his client had no previous convictions.

He had transient accommodation and a turbulent relationship with his family.

“He feels socially isolated,” said Mr Alexander. “A lot of these offences take place as a result of substance abuse.”

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