Dad of two, 45, pleads guilty to knife threat to neighbour

A man pleaded guilty in court yesterday to shouting “I’ll kill you” to his neighbour while brandishing a large kitchen knife.

Stefan Cristian Dumitriu, 45, of Martindale Avenue, Barking, was making “sweeping and stabbing” actions with the 15cm knife towards his neighbour, a court heard.

The victim, Dorab Wali Ahmed, was returning home when he was confronted by Dumitriu.

He pushed the Romanian father-of-two away and was able to escape and call for help.

The prosecution said that when the police arrived they found Dumitriu to be drunk.


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He began saying he was “sorry and ashamed” and willing to repair any damage.

Speaking on his behalf the defence said he is “very tearful and embarrassed to find himself before a court and cannot remember a thing that happened”.

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She added: “He had bought a Romanian spirit from the shop and has no recollection of anything after he began drinking it.”

The defence asked that Dumitriu could be dealt with today by way of a fine or a short judicial discharge but the chair of the bench requested a pre-sentence report to “get more information before making that decision”.

She added the bench was “looking to make a community order” but would not rule out any options.

The defendant was released on conditional bail and will reappear before Barkingside court on March 17 where he will be sentenced.

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