A man who stabbed a security guard with a pair of scissors during a heated brawl at Adelaide’s Hindley Street nightclub has been arrested ahead of his conviction.
- Ahmed Mohamedali stabbed security guard at Woolshed on Hindley nightclub
- His lawyer said it was a case of excessive self-defense
- A judge revoked his bail before sentencing
Ahmed Hussein Mohamedali, 27, was convicted by a jury of an aggravated charge of causing intentional harm.
In an incident that was captured by CCTV cameras outside Woolshed on Hindley nightclub in October 2019, Mohamedali stabbed a security guard in the arm with a pair of scissors, severing a main artery.
The court heard that Mohamedali had smoked cannabis and was asked to leave, but refused, which led to a heated confrontation with the security officer, which also led to a large brawl which was not stopped. than by an undercover officer drawing his weapon.
Prosecutor said the stabbing could have been fatal, without the help of one of the undercover police, who immediately applied a tourniquet to the security officer’s arm using a medical kit staff.
In a statement read to the court, the victim described having continuous nightmares and trauma as a result of the attack, which caused her loss of sensation in her arm and hand and continued pain.
“I couldn’t sleep for at least a year. I had bad dreams.”
Sudanese refugee now on drugs
Mohamedali’s attorney, Sam McDonough, urged the court for leniency, saying his client acted in excessive self-defense in response to the security guard who pushed him away and had a difficult childhood in a Sudanese refugee camp.
“Mr. Mohamedali believed there was a threat, but of course the behavior he adopted was out of proportion to the threat,” McDonough told the court.
“I ask your honor to take into consideration the difficulties that Mr. Mohamedali has faced during his life, which may be distinct from those that face in this tribunal.
“He no longer goes to Hindley Street, he no longer engages in substance use as he was then and I say the community is better served by allowing Mr. Mohamedali to continue this rehabilitation in the community. . “
Violent behavior “too widespread”
Prosecutor Chris Allen dismissed the allegations of excessive self-defense, saying Mohamedali acted with anger.
“Mr. Mohamedali loses his temper and decides to use a weapon to stab [the victim]”Mr. Allen told the court.
“The prosecution will accept that there is some behavior on the part of [the victim] this may well have upset or frustrated Mr. Mohamedali; this is not sufficient in the circumstances of excessive self-defense. “
Mr Allen told the court that a police officer had to draw his gun to stop a brawl that broke out involving other people who were in the nightclub with Mohamedali.
“This is the kind of serious violent behavior that the court should be very concerned about,” Allen said.
The prosecutor also told the sentencing judge that it was important to deter others from acting violently in similar situations.
“It is all too common that there are young men in the city, especially on the grounds of Hindley Street, who are either affected by drugs or alcohol or both, who are losing their blood- cold and then resort to violence with weapons, ”Mr. Allen told the court.
“That puts it in a very serious category, far too serious for your honor to find a good reason to suspend. [any prison sentence]. “
Judge Joanne Tracey said after hearing arguments that she considered the offense serious enough to warrant an immediate custodial sentence and revoked Mohamedali’s bail.
He has been taken into custody and will return to court to be sentenced next month.