A Bolton man threatened his brother amid drug addiction


A Bolton man has committed a series of offenses against his landlord and his family members while in the midst of drug addiction.

Akhter Bagasi has repeatedly committed crimes against his relatives.

Manchester Minshull Street has been told he first took a laptop from its owner in October last year.

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

Its owner eventually had to pay £200 to get it back.

The following month, he showed up at an owner-run vape shop and demanded money as he helped retrieve the laptop.

The owner knocked and rejected this, but then gave her £4 in change.

Bagasi then grabbed a £20 note from a customer and fled.

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

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

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

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

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 in the vape shop run by his owner but started acting suspiciously.

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

After initially being taken to hospital as he said he had overdosed, he was later arrested and taken to the police station, where it was discovered he had five more wraps of the same drug.

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

Wayne Jackson, defending, said he had provided negative drug samples while in custody and was “dealing with his drug issues”.

Judge Elliot Knopf said: ‘What he really needs is help, the family have tried to help him.

“It is in his interest, in the interest of the public and in particular his family that he receives the help he needs to try to get his life back on track, at the age of 41.”

He imposed a community order for 12 months and asked Bagasi to attend 15 days of rehab activity and also do a drug rehab requirement for nine months and also a mental health treatment requirement for a year .


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