Hailsham man jailed after string of knife offences

Mostafa Al-Saidi
Mostafa Al-Saidi

A Hailsham man has been jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences over a two day period in May last year, police said.

Mostafa Al-Saidi, 25, of Akehurst Close, Hellingly, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article after he stabbed a man in the leg with a knife in The Drive, Hellingly on May 20 2014, police said.

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court on April 14, Al-Saidi also admitted possessing a bladed article and committing affray after he produced a knife and threatened two women in the churchyard in Hailsham town centre on May 23, police said.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and affray after he threatened staff with a knife in Simpsons Chicken takeaway in Hailsham High Street on the same day just 40 minutes after he had threatened the two women, police said.

Later that evening, he threatened a food delivery driver in The Drive, Hellingly saying he had a gun. He admitted a charge of attempted robbery, police said.

Detective Constable Sean Stapley said: “Al-Saidi stabbed a man and made three threats of violence while armed with a knife in one day on 23 May. His sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences and sends a message that violent crime will not be tolerated.”