Bolton man threatened brother amid drug addiction


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A Bolton man carried out a series of offences against his landlord and family members as he was in the midst of drug addiction.

Akhter Bagasi repeatedly carried out crimes against those close to him.

Manchester Minshull Street heard he first took a laptop from his landlord in October last year.

He was identified on CCTV but when confronted said he had sold the laptop for £30.

His landlord eventually had to pay £200 to retrieve it.

The next month he turned up at a vape store run by his landlord and asked for money as he helped to retrieve the laptop.

The landlord hit out and rejected this but then gave him £4 in change.

Bagasi then grabbed a £20 note from a customer and ran off.

The next day he went to the Asda on Blackburn Road in Bolton in a BMW and put £45 of Diesel into the device and left without paying.

The same day Bagasi’s brother was called by his wife, who said Bagasi was at their home asking for money.

Alistair Reid, prosecuting, revealed what happened when the brother came home.

He said: “He produced a kitchen knife, he had his hand in a jacket pocket suggesting he had a gun and he would shoot his bother and kneecap him.”

But his brother grabbed him and pulled him away from the address.

He was arrested that day and charged but later released on bail.

In April this year he was at the vape store run by his landlord but began to act suspiciously.

He was found with five wraps of cocaine and police were called and he was arrested.

After first being taken to hospital as he said he had taken an overdose he was then arrested and taken to the Silver Street police station, where he was found to have a further five wraps of the same drug.

Bagasi, from Rose Avenue, Farnworth, appeared in court to be sentenced after admitting burglary, theft, taking diesel without payment, affray and two counts of possession of crack cocaine.

Wayne Jackson, defending, said had provided negative samples for drugs during his time in custody and was “tackling his drug problems”.

Judge Elliot Knopf said: “What he really needs is some assistance, the family have been trying to help him.

“It is in his best interest, in the public’s best interest and particularly for his family that he is given the assistance to try and get his life, at the age of 41, back on track.”

He imposed a 12-month community order and required Bagasi to attend at 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and also to do a drug rehabilitation requirement to run for nine months and also a mental health treatment requirement to run for a year.


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