Thug with homemade shiv attacked Morrisons security guard

A thug carrying a homemade ‘shiv’ weapon attacked a security guard at a North Staffordshire supermarket. Lee Harrigan approached his victim at Newcastle Morrisons before punching him to the ground and then kicking him in the head. He threatend to slash anyone who restrained him, and when he was searched a homemade weapon was found.

Latest Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire headlines The weapon – a toothbrush with razor bladed attached to the head – was found in his pocket. He boasted he could attack people with it and leave them with wounds that could not be stitched up.

During the struggle, he also spat at police officers. At Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, prosecutor Robert Cowley said a security guard was on duty on July 15 when he saw Harrigan, 34, walking towards the store with his fists clenched. Mr Cowley said: “The defendant was looking ready to attack.

A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) had seen him shortly before and had decided to follow him because of his demeanour. “The security guard decided to go and tell the manager but he came across the till barriers – which were shut – so he turned around and he encountered the defendant who punched him four times to the head. He dropped to the floor.

The defendant kicked him to the right side of the head. “The PCSO and other members of staff restrained the defendant until the police arrived. “The defendant made threats to cut or slash the officers.

“He was searched and a toothbrush was found in his pocket which had been adapted by having a blade in the bristle area. “During the struggle the defendant filled his mouth with spittle and spat on one of the officer’s hands. The officer was disgusted and concerned.

“At one point an officer was on his knees trying to restrain the defendant. The defendant pushed back causing immediate sharp pain to the officer’s back.” The defendant was heard to say, ‘I smashed up that security guard.

He deserved it’. He was taken to custody and said, ‘Did you like my weapon? It is a tomahawk.

I can slash people and they can’t be stitched’. The victim sustained a lump to the side of his head. He was seen by paramedics but did not require further treatment.

The court heard Harrigan has two previous convictions for possessing bladed articles. Harrigan, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and possession of an offensive weapon on July 15. Charlotte Noddings, mitigating, said the assault matter was short-lived lasting about 30 seconds.

She said: “The offending is deeply-rooted in his long-standing problem with alcohol and drugs. He tells me prison saved his life. He intends to break the cycle by using the rehabilitation available to him in prison.

He is sorry for what he did that day.” Judge Paul Glenn said: “The events of July 15 were unpleasant and serious in a public supermarket. You entered at 4pm and it appears you made a beeline for the security guard.

He was going to make the manager aware of your presence because there was a suggestion you had been involved in some incident earlier in the day. You punched him repeatedly to the head. He refers to four punches, others say more.

“When he was on the floor you kicked him to the side of the head as he tried to escape. It is a matter of pure good fortune that the injuries were not more serious. “You were restrained and detained.

You were threatening to slash people. “The police recovered a homemade weapon, razor blades attached to the head of a toothbrush. You boasted that with it you could slash people and the wound could not be stitched.

“You spat at police officers.” The judge said the weapon was a dangerous item. He said: “It was made specifically for causing injury and you had it with you with that intent.

But it was not produced or used in the incident.” Judge Glenn added: “Spitting is a particularly disgusting assault, all the more so when we have a global pandemic to deal with.” The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the weapon.

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