A Ryde man who held a youngster in a headlock and rode buses across the Isle of Wight with a large handcrafted spear thinks he was cursed in Bangladesh.
At the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 25, Shaleh Ahmed, of Sherbourne Avenue, entered a plea of guilty to possessing a bladed object in a public setting, assault by beating, possessing cannabis, and disobeying a community protection order.
Lauren Stone, prosecuting, said the 49-year-old crafted a 6ft spear and took it on a bus from his home to an Inclusion meeting in Carisbrooke on March 22.
Ms Stone said Ahmed intended to give the spear to the receptionist as a gift but court heard someone at inclusion had almost had a panic attack when they saw it.
On April 10, Ahmed saw two ten-year-old boys playing football in Ryde and asked to join in.
Court was told it made them feel uncomfortable and Ahmed used foul language before deciding to teach them how to wrestle, putting a boy in a headlock.
On April 15, police were made aware of a man in a park in Ryde aggressively waving a stick and acting threatening. When police arrived, they spotted Ahmed rolling a joint, which he tried to hide by dropping it on the floor, said Ms Stone.
Ms Stone said on May 26, Ahmed visited Hong Kong Express on Ryde Esplanade, which was in breach of a previous court order banning him from entering licenced premises.
Nick Muir, defending, told the court his client’s mental health had deteriorated, and he had started to act very oddly.
Ahmed believes he was cursed following a trip to Bangladesh earlier this year and thinks he is detached from this world, said Mr Muir.
Mr Muir said Ahmed believed gifting the spear was a good thing to do, was unaware Hong Kong Express sold alcohol and ‘totally misunderstood’ how inappropriate it was to put a child in a headlock.
Ahmed was handed an 18-month community order and must pay a £220 fine and £114 surcharge.