Portsmouth attacker sent to prison for knifing shop’s security guard

Richard Djike has been jailed
Richard Djike has been jailed
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KNIFEMAN Richard Djike has been jailed after lunging at a security guard and leaving him with facial wounds.

The 24-year-old was told by a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court that he intended to cause serious harm when he attacked a security guard at Kwiki Mart in Albert Road, Southsea.

The court heard Djike had spent the night at Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays and was in a drunken state when he entered the convenience store at 3am on Sunday, August 10.

He started to have an argument with his girlfriend, said prosecuting barrister Rebecca Austin.

When the pair were told to leave by Thomas Farrelly and another security guard, Djike became aggressive.

Ms Austin said Djike was shouting ‘You don’t know who I am. I know where you work. I remember your face and I will come back’.

Following a scuffle at the doorway of the shop, Djike suddenly produced a knife from his front pocket, said Ms Austin.

‘He had taken it out and locked it,’ said Ms Austin.

‘The defendant slashed him (Mr Farrelly) in the leg.’

The jab did not make contact, however, and Djike ran off, the court heard.

Around 10 seconds later he appeared again as Mr Farrelly was standing in the doorway and told Djike to calm down.

Ms Austin said Djike was moving forward and trying to jab Mr Farrelly with the blade.

‘It caused a small puncture wound and a slash mark to the side of the face,’ she said.

She said the wounds had scarred the victim’s face and were close to his eye.

‘He was simply trying to do his job,’ she said.

‘He did not expect to be assaulted with a knife.’

Heaton Armstrong, defending, said Djike, a dad-of-one, wanted to personally send his apologies to Mr Farrelly for the attack.

‘He accepts his behaviour was entirely unacceptable,’ said Mr Armstrong.

Djike has joined an alcohol awareness course while on remand.

Djike, of Lawrence Road, Southsea, was sentenced to a total of four years and seven months in jail for two counts, including attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and threatening with a knife.

Judge Peter Dixon Crabtree took into account the early guilty plea, but had to take into account previous convictions, including possessing a knife.

The offence also took place while Djike was serving a suspended sentence for an assault.

Judge Crabtree said: ‘You slashed him in close proximity to his eye. You returned having already brandished the knife to the victim who was doing his job.’